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Local immigration rights activist being deported

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - A well-known immigration rights activist, who has connections to western Massachusetts is being deported. 

Eduardo Samaniego has less than 30-days to leave the United States, and go back to Mexico where he is originally from. 

After 100 days of incarceration, the local immigrant rights activist has accepted "voluntary departure," and will be deported to Mexico, his home country he left about 10-years-ago.

Eduardo is a worker leader with the Pioneer Valley Workers Centers in Northampton. He came to the Pioneer Valley as a Hampshire College student in 2014. Most recently, he was put into "ICE" custody in Georgia, and his case has received national attention.

More: Western Massachusetts activist being held in Georgia detention center

Now, supporters, which include faith leaders and elected officials, are fighting for Eduardo, including those at the Pioneer Valley Workers Centers. Rose Bookbinder of Pioneer Valley Workers told 22News, Eduardo's case is similar to thousands across the country.   

"What we've seen here is an up-close example of what thousands of immigrants are experiencing across this country," said Bookbinder. "Eduardo is lucky that he has the courage to be public and outspoken and has inspired many to do the same." 

Eduardo would have been covered by the Dream Act of 2017, which is a bipartisan bill supported by Americans, but that bill failed to pass in Congress multiple times. 

So, now Eduardo's family and supporters are trying to make this process as easy as possible. 


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