Uriel Alberto (A# 089-828-718) has an order of deportation in two weeks. On July 4th the day the United States of America let freedom ring. Uriel planted himself in front of the Department of Homeland Security office in Charlotte, North Carolina to begin his hunger strike for his own freedom.
Uriel's journey to this two week removal order started the day he took a brave stand for immigrant rights, and now he may get deported for it.
Growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Uriel’s life seemed full of hope. He graduated from Parkland High School, where he was a track star. He was offered scholarships for track by various college recruiters but was unable to accept them because of his immigration status.
Life got hard for Uriel, but he kept his head up. He attended Lees-McRae College, where he continued to run track despite not being able to accept a scholarship. Not everyone knew that he had also become the head of his family’s household, providing for his mother and sisters and defending them against an abusive father. While all that weight on his shoulders depressed him and led him to having a few run-ins with the law, he has done everything he can to stay above the fray and be a role model for his sisters and young sons.
Help keep Uriel with his family and his two little boys, Julian and Yahel. His family depends on him, and so do his sons. He financially provides for Julian, Yahel and his family.