About 50 Hispanic college students started a week-long fast on July 2nd, and on Thursday they set up tents in the Civic Center Plaza to publicize their cause.
In the recently proposed federal immigration "reform" legislation, which seems to have died a quick death, there was a provision called the DREAM Act which would grandfather citizenship to young adults who were brought into the United States as young children, and who have gone through high school and college without ever becoming "legal."
A well-written article by Tyche Hendricks in the "San Francisco Chronicle" (now that's a rare phrase, click here to get to the article) explains the story in an evenhanded manner, with this unamusing but not surprising tidbit:
"Zoe Lofgren, a San Jose Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee's immigration subcommittee and is a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, was more circumspect. She is assessing the political viability of resuscitating individual portions of immigration reform. "The question is whether Congress is capable of moving anything else, and I don't know the answer to that yet," she said. "We should assume nothing."
Feinstein is another DREAM Act supporter, but she said she will make her first priority the AgJOBS bill, which would offer legal residence to 500,000 illegal immigrant farm workers on the condition that they continue to work in agriculture for several years."
At least Senator Feinstein is consistent in her allegiances. Poor Mexican-American college kids can go to hell, but low-paid labor working for corporate agriculture must be protected at all costs. You should also check out the comments to the article which are a fascinating mixture of the usual right-wing trolls and calm, information-filled essays on the Kafkaesque immigration laws in this country.
I expected to see the fasting group on Saturday but they had been replaced by a Pentacostal prayer meeting hosted by a congregation called El Santo de Israel.
Flanked between United States and Israeli flags, a very right-wing hell-and-brimstone preacher was testifying in Spanish with a catchy musical backup.
Maybe those Hispanic college students should just drop out of college and join the military where they could murder some Iraqis. I hear the United States government is offering "legal" citizenship for that kind of service.