Download the most recent podcast with Bryn Mawr College activists Jessica Hyejin Lee and Sarah Kim here, or hear it here:
In the podcast, they talk about their immigration stories and the events that led to Jessica’s arrest during a protest this past Wednesday.
On Wednesday, March 14th, just four days ago, two undocumented immigrants, Tania Chairez, age 19 from the University of Pennsylvania, and Jessica Hyejin Lee age 20 from Bryn Mawr College, participated in an immigrant rights protest in front of the Philadelphia offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They sat in the middle of the street and refused to move, declaring themselves, “undocumented, unapologetic, and unafraid.”
The two were arrested by the police and jailed overnight. They were released the following day, but according to the Daily Pennsylvanian, “They face charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction of highways. An arraignment has been scheduled for April 3.”
It was a great podcast, and I applaud both Jessica and Sarah for their courage in stepping forward. I don’t think there can be unrestrained immigration for national security reasons, as well as economic reasons–check out Ha Joon Chang, where he describes the 50-fold wage discrepancy between bus drivers in third world countries and America. As I mention on the podcast, I am a little uncomfortable with the Dream Act and mostly have not supported it (maybe partly because I don’t understand everything about it and haven’t yet put in the time to look into it), but I do think that there has to be something of a path for children who were raised here from a young age. I do know some illegal immigrants, and I think it’s hard to expect people raised here in the U.S. to go “back” to countries that they’ve never really been part of. Perhaps there is a middle ground.
To learn more about Jessica and Sarah’s activism and how you can help, check out DreamActivistPA.org. Check out Jessica’s video here:
(pic from here)