This afternoon, at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, members of Students Working for Equal Rights, the Florida Immigrant Coalition and We Count! showed their support for DREAMers–attracting many students and passers-by with their passionate arguments for why passing the DREAM Act must be an urgent priority, and why Walter Lara–and all other DREAM students–should not be deported. They should be embraced as being “as American as anyone else,” said Maria Rodriguez, FLIC’s executive director.
Dr. Rolando Montoya, Miami Dade College’s provost, advocated passionately for the DREAM Act, along with three representatives of the Miami Dade College Student Government Associations (SGA): Gabriel Bardo, Vice President at Wolfson Campus; Hoki Tse, President at West Campus; and Juan Rodriguez, President at InterAmerican Campus. Our MC was Alejo Stark, an experienced SWER core leader.
The SWER students set up an empty “classroom,” surrounded by caution tape, to symbolize how undocumented students are excluded from the world of higher education–for no other reason than their immigration status. Most came here as young children, with their parents–who wanted them to have better lives and develop their potential. All who spoke made reference to DREAMers’ academic achievements and drive to contribute back to American society.
We can hardly wait to hear back from the SWER members who went to Washington D.C. for the national DREAM Act graduation ceremony!