May 20, 2012
In this Tuesday, April 5, 2011 photo, illegal immigrant Virdiana Martinez, right, is comforted by activist Mohammad Abdollahi, as Major K. E. Williams, left, of the Atlanta Police Department warns her of arrest unless she moves while protesting for rights for higher education for illegal immigrants in Atlanta. When Williams informed her she could get up now and that she's made her point, Martinez asked him if his ancestors had that opportunity.
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She was tiny and trembling and looked so very vulnerable. Barely 15, having already experienced a lifetime of hardships since losing her mother at 5 and crossing the desert with her father, she clutched a microphone before a crowd in New York's Union Square.
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