Update: Undocumented immigrant activists call off hunger strike, sit-in
At6:30 p.m., City Councilman Paul Lopez visited the activists and brought in a nurse, who confirmed both were showing early signs of dehydration, Hernandez says. At the same time, an Obama For America representative handed them a typed statement, their second in two days, saying the campaign felt respect for their efforts but urging that "the only permanent solution" is to change the law by passing the DREAM Act. The note placed emphasis on Republican efforts to halt the act's progress.
"The statement has a typo, and they're not even taking the time to review what they're writing," Hernandez says, pointing out that the word "stop" -- as in what Republicans are trying to do -- was missing an S. "This is a joke, and it's not what we're asking for. We know Obama supports our community, but we want him to take action."
Outside, between forty and fifty supporters shouted chants of "Education not deportation!" and watched over the two strikers, who say they have begun to feel the effects of their skipped meals -- namely, a slump in energy. Much of their support stems around the members of the Campaign For the American Dream, who are walking from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to create awareness for the DREAM Act and immigration reform. The trip began on March 10, and a ticker on its website counts down its remaining time -- starting at 86 days.
Although CAD hopes to complete its walk by November 2, the walkers might adjust their deadline after their Denver pit stop. "What we're doing here in Denver, what's happening right now, will be happening all across the country in days," says Jose Sandoval, who, along with Gomez and four others, is currently walking with the group. "We won't disclose any details, but you just watch. You'll see soon."
Already this morning, supporters were again organizing outside the building. For more information, visit the Campaign for American Dream website.
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