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This is presented with great care taken to not show any political affiliation or opinion on any political issue whatsoever. 

Chromecast shows a news article…

Washington Post (Mobile) – ICE nabs young ‘dreamer’ applicant after she speaks out at a news conference
CNN – DREAMer speaks out on immigration, gets arrested by ICE  

tl;dr: After her parents were arrested by ICE a few weeks prior, a person who was part of the DREAM program, who let her visa lapse, and as such was not “legal”, spoke out at an immigration rally, and was arrested by ICE on the way home.

You can have your political affiliation. Either side. You can have your opinion on whether or not DREAM should exist. Hell, I’m not even that familiar with the program. You can have your opinion on whether or not this person should be deported.

But, if I ever found myself in this person’s situation, in a country illegally, and a target for arrest, speaking out at a rally, of any kind, would not be particularly high on my list of things to do. The fact that it was a rally on immigration is just adding insult to injury.

If you’re a target for arrest, for any reason, be it warrants, immigration status, or you’re still holding a murder weapon, making yourself front and center at a protest is probably not the smartest idea. Especially if it’s about the thing you’re being targeted for.

But why should she go into hiding? It’s not going into hiding. It’s common sense. ICE isn’t going to be crawling your college campus nearly as hard as they’ll be crawling a protest specifically related to immigration.

But free speech! She was not arrested for speaking or for the content of her speech. She was arrested for not being in the country legally. Did speaking at an immigration protest put a spotlight on her? Abso-fucking-lutely. If you’re a target for arrest, try to stay away from podiums.

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