SAN ANTONIO -- Twelve University of Texas San Antonio students are on a hunger strike they began around 11 a.m. Wednesday.
They plan to consume nothing but water until they hear from Texas lawmakers and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison about support for the Dream Act.
Under this act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a six-year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.
An estimated 2.1 million people could be eligible for this program.
Every year, 65,000 undocumented immigrants graduate from American high schools. Many of them came to the U.S. as infants and only want to work and serve the country they know.
These students have five other events planned through Nov. 15, including a Mass and a visit to Sen. Hutchison's office.
Students at UT Austin have organized a similar rally.
A spokesperson for Hutchison provided this statement to KENS 5:
“The Senator appreciates the passion of these young people for their cause, but she has been clear that she does not support the current DREAM ACT legislation. The Senator had previously proposed a way for students, who have gotten their primary and secondary education in the United States and want to go to college here, to get a temporary visa. She believes the current Dream Act legislation goes far beyond the intended group of children who have grown up in America. We hope these student protesters will find safer ways to voice their opinions.”