Gonzaga students hold rally supporting Dreamers
SPOKANE, Wash. — 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.
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