Man who staged hunger strike free

Uriel Alberto

March 15, 2012 7:37:04 PM PDT
A man who was arrested after disrupting an immigration meeting at North Carolina's General Assembly by proclaiming himself an illegal immigrant is free on bond.

Uriel Alberto, 24, of Winston-Salem was released Thursday after raising a $7,500 bond guaranteeing he will appear at a future immigration hearing. Alberto had already posted a $2,000 bond on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.

Prior to his release, Aberto staged a 10-day hunger strike to protest his situation, but ended it saying his mother was worried about his health.

Alberto was 7 when his parents brought him to the United States from Mexico. He was being held in the Wake County jail.

Two other young Hispanics who proclaimed themselves to be illegal immigrants during a legislative meeting this month were released last week because they had clean records. Alberto has had a DWI.

Members of the non-profit immigration reform group N.C. Listen don't think Alberto deserves to be treated like an American citizen and should face deportation.

"For him to sort of throw it in our face. A vow that he's broken the law.Then allow him to get away with it. What is that going to say about our rule of law and fairness?" Ron Woodward of N.C. Listen said.

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