MALDEF Supports Dolores Huerta, Arizona Students on Eleventh Day of Fast in Support of Dream Act Outside Senator McCain's Office
WASHINGTON, DC - For the past eleven days, student supporters of the DREAM Act have been fasting outside of Republican Senator John McCain’s Phoenix, Arizona district office in support of passage of the DREAM Act (the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act).
Dolores Huerta, civil rights icon and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, has recently joined the group’s water-only fast in support of the DREAM Act. She joined students Dulce Juarez and Celso Mireles, as well as the mother of a DREAM Act student Rosa Marta Soto. Together, the group hand delivered an open letter to Senator McCain, urging the Senator and other legislators to listen to the overwhelming will of the American public and vote Yes on the DREAM Act.
Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, calls on the public to read an open letter to Senator McCain written by civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, and on the Senate to pass the DREAM Act:
"Following the historic and courageous House vote to pass the urgently needed DREAM Act, the Senate has postponed its vote because there are an insufficient number of senators willing to permit a vote on DREAM. Any senators who lack the courage to do the right thing and allow a vote on this important legislation need look no further than the legendary Dolores Huerta, who together with many students across the country, is engaged in a fast to convince the Senate to pass the DREAM Act. There is ample bravery among these activists to close the courage deficit in Washington and pass the DREAM Act."