UTPA Students Go on Hunger Strike for the DREAM Act

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 10:38am

UPDATED: Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 12:05pm

Students attending the University of Texas from around the state are fasting right now in support of immigration reform, Josh Navarro spoke to some students who are joining the hunger strike in support of the DREAM Act.

Students at UTPA were joining a hunger strike, that is happening nationwide, hoping that the DREAM Act will become reality. Sarah Tanus, a student and supported of the DREAM Act, was rallying with other students hoping to gain support from fellow classmates. The DREAM Act will create a path for undocumented students to become permanent U.S. residents if they follow certain criteria such as graduating from high school, attending college or joining the military.

Students from all over the state are going without food until Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison commits to supporting the DREAM Act. We called the Senator and they released this statement:

"Senator Hutchison has been consistent and clear about her position against the current DREAM Act legislation, especially her concern that the current bill goes far beyond the intended group of children who grew up in the U.S. and attended primary and secondary schools here.

The Senator's position on the current legislation remains the same, but she has expressed her concern for the safety and welfare of the students who are pursuing the hunger strike.

The Senator appreciates their passion, but strongly believes that they should pursue safer and more constructive methods of promoting their cause. The Senator and her staff have met with people from many parts of Texas on this issue."

Father Alfonso Guevara from St. Joseph parish in McAllen came to support the students and believes it is as important as  a life and death situation.

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Great, so they have to be attending college. Well, let me see, college, an expense, that most wont be able to afford, soooo,,,, oh yes, i forgot, tax money. Right, lets pay for their education, along with all the other expenses that we alreadty incurr at the cost of illegal Immigrants. How about, they serve in our military for no less than four years, life is about earning what you want, so tha you can appreciate it.

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