California Hunger Strike for the DREAM Act Comes to an End After 15 days

Posted on August 3, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

For Immediate Release
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Ernesto Zumaya ( 323) 594-7107

California Hunger Strike for the DREAM Act Comes to an End After 15 days

What: Night vigil to end the 15 day Hunger strike in front of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office

When : Wednesday August 4th 2009 , 8:00pm

Where: Senator Feinstein’s Los Angeles Office: 11111 Santa Monica Boulevard (Corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Sepulveda)

Why: On Wednesday, July 21st, 10 students began a hunger strike to urge Senator Dianne Feinstein to take decisive actions in moving the DREAM Act forward as a stand-alone bill. Californians have been calling Senator Feinstein’s office every day, and over 300 people visited the hunger strikers to show their support. The immigrant rights community has shown incredible solidarity with DREAM youth and they are ready to take the next steps forward.

Thanks to the efforts of the hunger strikers, Senator Feinstein has spoken about the importance of passing the DREAM Act, especially as estimates indicate that California has the highest number of DREAM eligible youth. Senator Feinstein has spoken of her willingness to ensure that America is making sound economic investments by passing the DREAM Act as a first, practical increment for immgration reform.

At least 65,000 undocumented immigrant youth graduate from high schools every year, and many of them struggle to attend institutions of higher education. The DREAM Act will grant youth who traveled to the United States before the age of 16 a path to citizenship contingent on continuous presence in the country, good behavior, and the attainment of at least a two-year university degree or a two-year commitment to the armed forces.

The DREAM is Coming project is a collaboration between multiple organizations, including the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the Immigrant Youth Justice League, Dream Team Los Angeles, Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance, Arizona Dream Act Coalition, the Orange County Dream Team, University Leadership Initiative of Texas, Virginia DreamActivist, and DREAMActivist.org.

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