Almost two dozen students were arrested for practicing civil disobedience inside the Senate Hart Office Building today in their push to get the DREAM Act passed. The following excerpt is from the Washington Post.
“I’m not going to lie and say that I’m not afraid of someone coming in and trying to arrest me, but I can’t let that fear take over my life,” said Teodoro, 22, a student at the University of Massachusetts in Boston whose parents were deported back to Brazil a couple of years ago. “The only way of people finding out about my situation is to tell my story.”
She and other undocumented high school and college students and graduates have been streaming into Washington this week to demand passage of the Dream Act, legislation that would give unauthorized young immigrants a path to legal residency if they contribute to the country by serving in the military or getting a college education.
Most of the students have lived in the United States from a young age and consider themselves Americans. They are attending “classes” at what organizers have dubbed the “Dream University,” meeting with legislators, and, in a notable shift from previous years, giving out their full names and personal histories.
On Tuesday, almost two dozen activists went one step further, staging sit-ins inside the Senate Hart Office Building that resulted in 21 arrests for disorderly conduct. Those charged could be referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, although it is not a given that they would face deportation as a result.
This story has ties to Tucson since the Tucson office of John McCain was the location of the first sit in protest where 4 students were arrested. Three Sonorans was able to capture video of that event.[tnivideo caption=”DREAM Act protest at John McCain’s Tucson office” credit=”Three Sonorans”]http://www.vimeo.com/12385905