Friday, June 29, 2007

Students Fast in Support of Immigration Reform

Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) at San José State University

Student Fast in San José California for Immigration Reform and Passage of the DREAM Act

WHAT:           A daily press conference at 12:00pm to announce to announce the status of the fasters and the statewide movement from July 2nd through July 5th, in San Jose.  Local students will be Fasting in front of Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren’s office to demonstrate their strong support for an immigration reform bill.  On July 5th Student Fasters from all over California will gather in San Jose and travel in the California for Immigration Reform Fast Caravan to House leader Nancy Pelosi’s office in San Francisco, to continue the Fast and finish on July 9th.

The Demands are:

ü     Legalization with a Path to Citizenship

ü     Reunification of Families, NO to the Point System

ü     Full Worker’s Rights Protections

ü     Preserve and Restore Civil Liberties and Due Process for All

ü     Stop Deportations and ICE Raids

ü     Enact the DREAM Act

WHEN:                       July 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 2007 at 12:00pm

WHERE:        In front of Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren’s office – 635 North 1st Street, San Jose, 95112

WHO:              Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) at San José State University, Escuela Popular Student Club, MAIZ, Evergreen Valley College MEChA & Latinas for Change.

WHY:              To update the media on the status of the fasters and the Statewide movement.  The Fast seeks to call attention to Immigration Reform proposal.  Through this effort, students want to urge US Senators and US Representatives to support the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (S.774; H.R.1645). This act would enable and motivate more than 60,000 students who graduate each year to attend an institution of higher education and utilize their degrees once graduate. If the DREAM Act becomes enacted, undocumented students who entered the US as minors will have the opportunity to a documented status upon maintaining good moral character and completing a college degree or service in the US military.  “The DREAM Act would open the doors to have an equal and fair treatment at the university I am currently attending. It would also make it possible to reach my Dream of becoming a high school teacher and be able to help my community,” says an undocumented AB540 student enrolled at San José State University.
Contact:  Francisco Alvarado
(408) 813-0581                                                                                                                                 alvarado.francisco@yahoo.com

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