Dream Activists – Undocumented in America

Jonathan Perez, left and Isaac Barrera a few days after being released from a detention center - December 2011 photo by Nathan Solis
Jonathan Perez, left and Isaac Barrera a few days after being released from a detention center – December 2011 photo by Nathan Solis

Fall 2011: Jonathan Perez and Isaac Barrera turn themselves into immigration authorities in Mobile, Alabama. As undocumented immigrants they are immediately sent to a detention center. Perez walked right into the immigration office and confronted a set of officers asking them, “What do you do?”

As an undocumented immigrant Perez along with Barrera were sent to a detention center. They were released within a few days. When they returned to Southern California they held a press conference outside of Pasadena City College where Perez was a student.

I wrote about their journey for The Alhambra Source and the full story can be read here.