Gonzaga students hold rally supporting Dreamers

Gonzaga students hold rally supporting Dreamers

As the debate over immigration rages in our nation’s capitol, students and staff at Gonzaga University entered the political fray by holding a “Call to Action” rally in the middle of campus supporting dreamers.

Dreamers are undocumented folks who were brought to the United States as children.

“I’m out here because I believe that everyone in the world has infinite worth,” said Lydia Lopez, a student.

“This is a serious issue that affects hundreds of thousands of people across the country,” said Amayrani Chavez Godinez.

The dozens who turned out for the rally were looking for the passage of a clean Dream act, one not attached to any other pieces of legislation and that provides citizenship for those currently in limbo.

“I’m as equal as everyone else, and I am working my butt off to do things I want to do in life,” said Liza Calderon Soto, a Gonzaga student and dreamer. “There are have been times these last few months that I have been extremely sad, but then there are times like this that I am grateful and happy that the school I chose to attend is supporting dreamers.”

The rally kicked off a two day event in which the organizers are encouraging students and community members to call their congressional representatives to voice their opinions.

The latest proposal from President Trump calls for a 12-year path citizenship for nearly 2 million undocumented dreamers, more than double the amount protected under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but is currently tied to the passage of other legislation which Democrats have called anti-immigrant, such as $25 billion for a border wall.