Last week, a bus full of undocumented activists began a ride across the country from Phoenix, Arizona, to North Carolina. The journey, which began on July 29, 2012, will culminate on September 3, 2012, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The UndocuBus was organized by the No Papers, No Fear – Ride For Justice campaign, which aims to empower undocumented individuals and promote immigration reform in the United States. The movement wishes to stop the Department of Homeland Security from deporting up to 400,000 undocumented workers annually, the campaign’s official website reported.
“This summer a culmination of this work will be manifested during a bus ride, through key states in the southern part of the United States, that will continue to confront power with the stories, voices and actions of those directly affected by these immigration policies,” according to the source.
The bus will drive through New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
The UndocuBus carries 30 people, most of whom are undocumented, face immigration obstacles and no longer want to live in fear of deportation, The Denver Post reported. They are not afraid of their undocumented status and urge others to join the fight. Most of the riders do not have green cards, visas or U.S. citizenship, and face deportation if discovered by officials.
“I’m very excited because we get to show others who are still hiding, who are still in the shadows, that they can come out. And when we have an organized community we can do big things like what we’re doing,” 21-year-old Phoenix resident Daniela Cruz told the Post. “We have no fear.”
Riders are unsure how they will be received at the Democratic National Convention, but hope to be included and heard by the party.