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Bus full of self-proclaimed undocumented immigrants heads to North Carolina

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

If you saw a bus driving down the road with a sign saying its occupants were undocumented, you'd do a double take, right? Well, prepare to get whiplash! The "undocubus" is rolling out.

You may think the people riding this bus are crazy. After all, many of them have kids and risk deportation. But they say this is the only way to get their point across.

"I'm not scared to go on it," said Angel Alvarez, who has lived in Arizona for 12 years. He said even though he risks losing his job and even his home, he's ready to go full speed ahead.

"It sounds crazy for somebody to do this," he said. "I believe if we don't step up as a community, we're going to get stepped over."

"We're not criminals," said Leticia Ramirez, who has lived in Arizona for 18 years. She said she's leaving three small children at home to try and make a difference.

"It was a big decision, but I knew I had to do it for my community," she said.

After what was a tearful goodbye for some, about 15 people climbed the steps Wednesday night that will take them to eight states before anchoring in North Carolina in time for the Democratic National Convention. And even though they risk border checkpoints, they say they're putting the pedal to the metal to effect change.

The first stop on their No Papers, No Fear Tour is Albuquerque, where they'll meet up with more than a dozen other activists.

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