Jose Sandoval Meets Back Up With Campaign For An American DREAM In Salt Lake City
(Salt Lake City, UT) – Jose Sandoval, fresh off the last final exam of his freshman year at UC Berkeley, will rejoin Campaign for an American DREAM (CAD), a cross country walk by undocumented and ally walkers in support of the federal DREAM Act and fairer immigration policies, on Thursday.
Sandoval was inspired by the Campaign to come out as “Undocumented and Unafraid” when he walked with the group during his Spring Break. “I want to allow people to see that I am one of 2.1 million undocumented students in this country fighting for justice,” Sandoval said. “I am a human being who contributes to society just as a regular citizen and that even though I am undocumented, I will stand proud to fight for the well-being of my country.”
He will meet back up with the walkers on the same day that the Campaign is holding a “Coming Out Of The Shadows” rally at the Utah State Capitol as members of CAD, the Salt Lake Dream Team, and community members share stories of their undocumented status. The event will help put a face to the immigrant struggle in Utah and nationally with the theme “Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unstoppable.”
Sandoval is majoring in Molecular Toxicology and Pre-Business with a minor in Theater at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. He was one of 10 students nominated for a full scholarship to schools like UCLA and UC Berkeley, but found out he was not eligible because of his status in spite of his above 4.0 grade point average and community contributions throughout his high school career.
“I am ready to step out of the shadows and risk everything I have worked for in order to fight for the other students just like me, who are suffering deportation or contemplating suicide because they feel hopeless in life due to a broken immigration system,” Sandoval said. “I want them to know they are not alone.”
CAD began is cross-country walk at the Golden Gate Bridge on March 10th and plans to arrive in the nation’s capitol on November 2nd, just prior to the presidential election. They have been very active speaking in communities and at various schools in California, Nevada, and Utah. The walkers will leave Salt Lake City this weekend and continue en route to Colorado.