College students from across Texas united at Texas A&M for a peace rally advocating for the federal DREAM Act. The act would make it possible for students not born in this country to continue to work in their chosen field after graduating. It would also allow students to continue paying in-state tuition.
“Equal Opportunity” and “Undocumented & Unafraid” were some of the signs being held by students at the rally. The peaceful rally included attendees from both sides of the issue.
Rallies are nothing new for DREAM act supporters. In December they held another rally in Austin after a group of UT San Antonio students were arrested for camping out in front of Senator Hutchinson’s San Antonio office. They were trying to get an audience with Hutchinson to speak about the DREAM Act.
The rally on Friday concluded with Jose Luis Zelaya, a Texas A&M student, delivering a speech about his journey to this country. He has been a strong advocate of the DREAM Act and has testified, on defense, in front of the Texas House against a group of bills that would take away in-state tuition for undocumented students.
A long road still lays ahead for DREAM Act supporters as Texas government officials continue to try to push efforts for stricter immigration laws. If the DREAM Act is passed it would pave the road for permanent residency for students like Zelaya who meet certain criteria, such as attending a higher-education institution or completing two years of military service, and being in the country for five years before the Act is enacted.