Activists are using hunger strikes and protests to call attention to the need for changes to our federal immigration laws.
In Chicago, Rev. Jose Landaverde is on a hunger strike to call attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Since June 17, he has only consumed juice and water and his action is part of a chain of planned hunger strikes, reports Antonio Olivo of the Chicago Tribune.
Meanwhile in Raleigh, three women in their 20s have been on a hunger strike since June 14. Rosario Lopez, 25; Viridiana Martinez, 23; and Loida Silva, 22, are striking in an effort to get U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan to support the DREAM Act that would create a pathway to legalization for immigrants brought here as minors, reports Sarah Ovaska with the Charlotte News & Observer. Silva was hospitalized Sunday but the other two women will continue the hunger strike.
The Los Angeles Times also reports on two brothers, Rafael and Carlos Robles, 19 and 20 respectively, of Palatine, that are facing deportation. The college students were detained in March while riding an Amtrak train through Buffalo, N.Y., and are free while awaiting a court hearing.
"They are everything you would want your kids to be. These kids are going to be leaders in their communities -- taxpayers, not tax recipients," Robert Carroll, a teacher at Palatine High School told the Los Angeles Times.
It seems like every day there is a new story about "DREAM Act kids," undocumented youth brought to the United States by their parents and now living in limbo. The movement to help them and and other undocumented immigrants is growing.
The Immigrant Youth Justice League and
other activists will protest Tuesday at 10 a.m. outside the downtown Chicago offices of Immigration Customs and Enforcement. The are calling for a moratorium on all deportations.
Congress can start by passing the DREAM Act. We should not deport college students like the Robles brothers, who can contribute so much to this country.