7 Dreamers, Including Bernie Sanders’s Former Press Secretary, Are in Prison on Hunger Strike
Erika Andiola speaking at a press conference held by the
Dream Action Coalition on immigration reform December 4, 2013.
Image via Getty.
According to her
Twitter account, Erika Andiola–former press secretary for
Bernie Sanders and a DACA recipient–was arrested on Friday
evening along with six other Dreamers and one ally after
sit-ins at Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Carlos
Curbelo’s offices. (Their
arrests are captured on video here). They are on hunger
strike and are prepared to stay in prison until Senator Schumer
and Representative Curbelo “publicly confirm they have the
votes to block any spending bill without a Clean DREAM Act.”
They are demanding that a Clean DREAM Act be passed on December
22nd, the deadline for the federal government to pass spending
legislation in order to avoid a shutdown. They call themselves
Andiola, an undocumented immigrant, has told Teen
she immigrated to Arizona at the age of 11, when her mother
brought four of her siblings from Mexico to escape poverty and
domestic violence. While Andiola was in college, the family
home was raided, her mother lost her job, and at one point her
mother and brother were arrested by ICE agents and nearly
heart-wrenching reaction on YouTube became a
Speaking on behalf of Andiola, Candice Fortin has said that
they were arrested for overstaying building hours, which was
deemed unlawful entry. She says that neither Schumer nor
Curbelo were in their offices at the time.
Fortin says that they have refused to provide names and
fingerprints in order to stay in prison, and they will go
before a judge on Tuesday morning.
Jezebel has reached out to the Washington D.C. Department of
Corrections, Senator Schumer and Representative Curbelo’s
offices, and we will update the post if we hear back.