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“ICE, under fire for targeting activists, has fast-tracked Eduardo’s departure,” said Caroline Murray, mentor to Eduardo and organizer with the Eduardo Support Network. “The suffering he has endured in detention has made “voluntary departure” – a form of deportation – the seemingly only route to freedom.”
“What happened to Eduardo has been extremely painful for all of us,” said Hodaliz Borrayes, organizer with the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. “But this pain has ignited a fire and taught me that I must keep fighting for my community so that there will be not one more deportation.“
“We are supposed to be the country that has values and morals. We say we have a great democracy, but where are our human rights? I feel like I am losing a sense of hope,” said Lorena Moreno, worker leader with the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. “But on the other hand I know not everything is lost. I still believe in American values and I believe that if the American public knew what was happening, they would rise up. We must keep sharing Eduardo’s story.”
“I think it’s horrible to see people impose their bigotry on us,’ said Reuben Chavez, who walked with Eduardo for 250 miles on the Walk to Stay Home for the Dream Act. “ICE and Judge Cassidy will never know the feeling of whether their friends are going to be here tomorrow. I don’t know if I will see Eduardo again. This administration is not only tearing families apart but it is also tearing apart our community and our friendships.”
Eduardo is a nationally recognized immigrant justice leader. Originally from Mexico, Eduardo moved to Georgia by himself at age 16 and graduated valedictorian of his high school class. Upon graduation, he began advocating for undocumented students to have access to higher education and was a leader with the Freedom University. After high school, he also began national advocacy for Dreamers and for full recognition of all immigrants in the United States. Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, recognized Eduardo’s capacity and granted him a full scholarship. Eduardo studied Constitutional Law and was elected to serve on the College’s Board of Trustees. In 2015, Eduardo was the victim of a near-fatal gas explosion in a Georgia apartment building. He sustained burns on 45% of his body and was hospitalized for three months. These injuries continue to affect his physical and mental health.
Eduardo is a worker leader with the Pioneer Valley Workers Center in Massachusetts and focused on uniting students to advocate for a clean Dream Act. In 2018, Eduardo participated in a 250-mile Dreamers march for immigration reform. Eduardo was also instrumental in leading the effort to pass Safe Communities legislation, prohibiting police collaboration with ICE.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.