Gaby, Carlos, Juan and Felipe in the Land of the KKK


Trail 2010
L to R: Carlos Roa, 22; Juan Rodriguez, 20; Gaby Pacheco, 25 and Felipe Matos, 23.

From an email from

Last month, we told you the story of four young immigrants walking 1,500 miles, from Miami to Washington, D.C, to demand solutions to our country’s failed immigration system.1

KKK Rally in Nahunta, GA

After walking 600 miles, Gaby, Carlos, Juan and Felipe are now entering hostile territory in the Deep South. Last weekend they encountered an anti-immigrant rally led by the Ku Klux Klan.2 And this week they will enter Gwinnett County, Georgia — home of Sheriff R.L. “Butch” Conway, who is notorious for his anti-immigrant policies.3 According to Georgia immigrant rights leader, Adelina Nicholls:

“Sheriff Conway is one of the most dangerous figures in Georgia, who has turned Gwinett County into a place of fear, racial profiling, arrest, and deportation.”

Now more than ever, as they come face-to-face with anti-immigrant sentiment, the walkers need our support. Our voices can give them strength. Please let the walkers know you are with them by clicking below and ask your friends and family to do the same. It takes just a moment:

By clicking the link above you’ll sign on to the following statement: “I stand with the walkers as they call for solutions to our country’s failed immigration system.”

The Trail of Dreams walkers were brought to the U.S. by their families when they were young, have excelled in school, worked hard, and contributed to their communities. And they all have faced the threat of being sent away from the only country they know as home. These courageous young people know that there are clear pathways to fixing our failed immigration system and they are fighting to make it happen.

As people have shown through our history–from Mahatma Gandhi, to Rosa Parks, to Cesar Chavez–it’s moments like these, when people put their lives and futures on the line, that make a difference.

The Trail of Dreams students are taking a brave stand for millions of others who suffer daily under our failed immigration system. They need your support. Please join them in their walk and ask everyone you know to do the same:

Thanks and ¡Adelante!

Favianna, Roberto, Laurie and the rest of the team


1. Email sent to members on 1/20/10

2. “Contradictions,” blog post by Walker Juan Rodriguez, 2/20/10

3. Sheriff hails start of 287(g), Gwinnett Daily Post, 11/16/10

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