Monday, December 6, 2010

Supporters of DREAM Act Continue Hunger Strike in San Antonio

In San Antonio, a dozen men and women began a hunger strike twenty-six days ago as an act to encourage federal legislators to support the DREAM Act. Seven of the participants are still engaged in the strike, living only on water and juice. Mayor Julian Castro has asked to meet with those involved in the protest in hopes of encouraging them to eat again. Castro also wants the meeting to emphasize publicly his support of the changes that would be enacted by the DREAM Act's passage.

The DREAM Act, which was created as a bipartisan effort by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), would provide a six-year plan to earn citizenship for those who were brought into this country illegally when they were minors. Those applying for American citizenship would need to earn a college degree to complete at least two years of military service.

First proposed in 2001, the most recent version of the legislation was reintroduced on March 26, 2009. According the 2009 Senate bill, applicants would need to have arrived in the United States before the age of sixteen, be between the ages of twelve and thirty-five at the time the Act goes into effect, have a high school diploma or GED, and meet several other criteria.

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