DREAM Act Supporters Arrested; Durbin’s Office Calls Their Actions ‘Inappropriate’

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

A group of DREAM Act supporters were arrested by Capitol Police this afternoon during a three-day mobilization of students — many of them undocumented — lobbying for the passage of legislation that would ease their path to citizenship. The protesters sat down in the atrium of Hart Senate Office Building with a sign reading “Undocumented and Unafraid” and “DREAM Act Now.” They were taken away by Capitol Police after about 15 minutes. A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police said officers have arrested 12 people on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges in connection with the DREAM Act mobilization.

At a DREAM Act mobilization event this afternoon, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the bill’s chief sponsor, urged protesters to be respectful during their lobbying efforts:

Many of you will go into offices of members of the House and the Senate and you’ll be asking them to join us in this effort…A few words of advice as someone who has been visited many times by many different people for many different causes: don’t beg, don’t threaten, and be open to listen. Tell them how important this is to your life and be open to listen to how they respond….If you are respectful, if you portray your message in a respectful way, if you portray the image of a person who tomorrow could be a voter…they’ll remember that.

The sit-in apparently wasn’t the kind of representation Durbin was looking for. A spokesman for the senator told The Hill that the demonstrations “crossed the line from passionate advocacy to inappropriate behavior. … Sen. Durbin believes that we will win this fight on the merits, not through public demonstrations or publicity stunts.”

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Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

Like those silly black folks marching down South in the 60s. Or peacefully sitting at segregated lunch counters. If only they had been more polite.


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Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

Comparing black Americans to foreigners who have openly violated the law and are demanding to get away with it AND free entrance to our country is disgusting.

You really hate black people, and it's sad.


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Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 12:52 am

What is disgusting is the fact that these students, some who have been accepted to Ivy League schools, are being robbed of the oppurtinities they have worked hard for. Most of them came here at a very young age and this is their home. They no nothing more than how to be a productive member of society and an American. They deserve to finally have their freedom and their freedom will come throught this act. Their freedom will come from receiving a a card with 6 numbers on it. Then they will at least be able to utilize the degrees that thye had to pay for, without any students loans or financial aid. DREAM ACT NOW!


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I am trying to understand this terrible incident and I agree with sr durbin. I strongly support the dream act.


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Wasn't slavery, segregation and discrimination the law at some point? Or were black americans just trying to get away with it? The law is as logic and reason perdure, which is no longer the case. If we as a society didn't know that life is as complicated as it is, we wouldn't need any court of law, we would have computers printing out sentences for crimes committed without regard to our humane sentiments.


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