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'Dream Teamers' Protest Outside Whitman's East L.A. Office

Kristen Villarreal |
October 13, 2010 | 10:58 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Undocumented students protested Wednesday in front of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s campaign office in East Los Angeles, decrying her opposition to the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act, which has been discussed at the state level and the national level, would give undocumented students a six-year conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service. The act would also allow undocumented college students to apply for student loans and federal work-study.

While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the California DREAM Act, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown said he would have signed it. When an undocumented college senior asked Whitman if she would have done the same, she said would not support the legislation.

“Our resources are scarce ... I don’t think it’s fair to bar and eliminate the ability of California citizens to attend higher universities and favor undocumenteds,” Whitman said.

According to Nancy Meza, one of the participants in Wednesday's protest, the demonstration was not pro-Jerry Brown but was meant to expose Whitman’s anti-undocumented student stance.

“We are here to hold both parties accountable. Our right to education is still here,” Meza said.

"Dream Teamers" also protested Whitman’s opposition to the Dream Act in August, when about 100 protesters gathered in front of her East Los Angeles campaign office.


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