STUDENT FAST AIMS TO SPOTLIGHT IMMIGRATION MEASURES
July 31, 2007
Author: Daniel González, The Arizona Republic Estimated printed pages: 2
Seven local students began a weeklong hunger strike Monday to show their
support for a federal proposal that would allow undocumented students to earn
legal status by completing two years of college or military service.
The fasters also are protesting state laws aimed at restricting employment and
educational opportunities for undocumented immigrants in Arizona, including the
new employer-sanctions law and Proposition 300, a ballot measure that requires
undocumented students to pay more costly out-of-state tuition.
By gaining legal status "these students will be able to earn higher salaries and
pay higher taxes," said Luis Avila, 25, an Arizona State University student. "I
don't see how anyone can argue that a less-educated society is better for the
Avila and six other fasters announced their fast Monday outside the offices of
U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., a co-sponsor of the Development Relief and
Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act.
Pastor spokeswoman Maura Saavedra said the congressman is hoping the bill will
come up for a vote this fall.
"As a former high school teacher, I fully appreciate the importance of higher
education and support ensuring that all long-time residents of the United States
be offered the opportunity to seek a college degree," Pastor said in a
The bill has bipartisan support and was included as part of the comprehensive
immigration-reform bill that died earlier this month in the Senate. Opponents
contend the DREAM Act is a form of amnesty that would reward people who entered
the country illegally.
Avila said the fasters will drink only water during the seven days. Other
students will be giving up their cellphones, video games or making other
sacrifices to show their support for the DREAM Act, Avila said.
The fast is part of events taking place in cities across the country to drum up
support for the DREAM Act.
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