University Students go on Hunger Strike, Urge Passage of the DREAM Act
Austin- As most Texans prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, eight undocumented University of Texas students and allies will participate in a statewide hunger strike to urge passage of the DREAM Act. The Texas students will go without food until Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison commits to support the DREAM Act which is expected to come to a vote in the near future.
Who: University of Texas Students and Allies
What: Press Conference to Kick of the Hunger Strike in Support of the DREAM Act
When: Monday, November 22, 2010 at 11:30 AM
Where: University of Texas, West Mall
Edilsa Lopez, a UT student who will participate in the hunger strike said, "Some people say this move is drastic, but they don't understand our desperation. For all the students who have been separated from their families, who can't see their siblings, who live each day in fear, this is for them."
President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid have urged for passage of the DREAM Act during the lame duck session. Additionally, a national poll found that 70 percent of Americans support the DREAM Act.
"DREAMers have met with the Senator herself and members of her staff on various occasions," said Loren Campos, ULI President and hunger striker. "She refuses to give us an answer one way or the other. We know that Senator Cornyn is hopeless, but we expect better from Senator Hutchison. She's always been level headed and usually puts public policy before politics."
Him Ranjit added, "We have done everything we have been asked. We have stayed out of trouble, we are graduating from prestigious universities, all we want is to give back. We are running out of time."