Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: William Wise
UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH MEET WITH SENATOR HUTCHISON
No commitment from Hutchison, hunger strikes for the DREAM Act spread statewide
SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 18, 2010- Undocumented youth from Texas met with Senator Hutchison in Washington, DC to bring a message from San Antonio hunger strike participants, who have been refusing solid food for over a week as they urge Hutchison's support for the DREAM Act.
Two Texas undocumented youth and graduates of Texas universities, Jose Torres-Don and Alicia Torres-Don, met with the Senator on Wednesday, November 17th and pleaded with her for support of the DREAM Act.
Senator Hutchison has refused to make a statement of support for the DREAM Act, citing her interest in a visa process instead of a conditional residency for DREAM-eligible youth.
“The DREAM Act has been in existence, in one form or another, for nearly a decade. At this point, citing procedure and proposing less than fully-formed alternatives is unacceptable. We have lobbied Senator Hutchison for years, she knows our circumstances, and we will not be used as a political football.", states Jose Torres-Don.
Pamela Resendiz, a DREAM-eligible youth on hunger strike in San Antonio, echoes that disappointment: "We are taking physical risks to draw attention to the plight of thousands. Our lives have always been at stake, and we are willing to do whatever it takes to show Senator Hutchison that we will not give up until we have her very crucial support."
"We know Senator Hutchison believes in common-sense solutions, which is why we are confident that she will support the DREAM Act: legislation based on hard work, education, and service," states Lucina Martinez.
Hunger Strikes are projected to happen throughout Brownsville, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and other states will join.
Jose Torres-Don is available for comment. 512-744-8804
DREAM Act NOW! at UTSA is a student organization composed of immigrant youth and their allies committed to promoting passage of the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is a federal bipartisan legislation that would allow for an earned opportunity for undocumented youth to adjust their immigration status if they have been in the U.S. before the age of sixteen, have maintained good moral character and pursue two years of higher education or two years in the Armed Forces. The legislation would only offer relief to immigrant youth who have been in the United States five years prior to the legislation being enacted.