Young Undocumented Immigrants March Across America
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The pamphlet they handed out at the Hispanic Festival in downtown St. Louis over the weekend says “Undocumented and Unafraid.”
Some young adults are walking across the nation, trying to build grassroots support for the Federal Dream Act which would create an 11-year process for the undocumented to become U.S. citizens.
Veronica Gomez of California came to America as an infant.
“Growing up, I didn’t know I was undocumented until I was sixteen and I treid to apply for a driver’s license and they told me because of my illegal status I was not able to obtain a driver’s license,” Gomez said.
Jonathan Martinez of Georgia was only four when he arrived in the U.S. on a visitor’s visa.
“I actually didn’t realize what it was to be undocumented until my senior year in high school,” Martinez said. “I was trying to join the military and I was unable to due to the fact of my legal status.”
Martinez and Gomez are asking other undocumented youth to join them in their march to Washington D-C. They hope to complete their 3,000 mile journey in early November.