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Wednesday November 24, 2010

DREAMers’ Hunger Strike Gains Steam, Sen. Hutchison Releases Statement

DREAMers’ Hunger Strike Gains Steam, Sen. Hutchison Releases Statement

Photo: Junior Roberto Flotte gives a Native American blessing to DREAMers participating in San Antonio hunger strike.

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Students from various Texas universities joined University of Texas San Antonio hunger strikers this week in San Antonio in support of passage of the DREAM Act.

The protesters have been on a hunger strike since November 10th in an attempt to pressure U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to vote for the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant college students and military officers who were brought to the country as children.

“Now that they have seen we are still going and not planning to stop, some have joined us,” said 29-year-old UTSA striker, Claudia Sanchez.

“We want to start talking about the specifics of the DREAM Act so she can tell us exactly what she doesn’t agree with,” said Sanchez. “We are giving her until Thanksgiving. If not, we are going to start stepping up our campaign. We will put more pressure on her.”

Tuesday, Hutchison issued a statement saying that while she is concerned about the safety of the strikers, she will not support the current bill because it “goes far beyond the intended group of children who grew up in the U.S. and attended primary and secondary schools here.”

Hutchison added that she does not plan on changing her position.

Critics claim the DREAM Act grants amnesty to “illegal immigrants,” but chemistry major Adrian Reyna says other wise.

“The DREAM Act is not an amnesty bill; it will only benefit those that will contribute back to this country. We will strike until we have a response — a response in favor not of us, but in favor of this country.”