A hunger strike intended to draw attention to a proposal in
Congress to give children of illegal immigrants the chance to become U.S.
citizens is drawing to a close.
The weeklong hunger strike by the seven Arizona
students was set to end at noon
Under the proposal to which the students were trying to draw
attention, immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children could
be granted a six-year period in which they would complete either two years of
college education or two years of military service.
The protest was inspired by a new Arizona
law that prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and a
voter-approved law that denied illegal immigrants certain government benefits,
such as cheaper in-state tuition and state-funded financial assistance at the
state’s public universities and community colleges.
Five of the were born in Mexico,
two were born in the United States,
and all are legal residents, said Evan Story, a friend of the protesters.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com
– Associated Press
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