Laura Garcia has not eaten since Wednesday night and she will still be hungry after she and other advocates for a New York DREAM Act meet at a New York City church on Tuesday evening to break their hunger strike.
Garcia, a Newburgh activist for immigrant rights, is one of a number of people who stopped eating in hopes of convincing state lawmakers to include in the new budget Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s DREAM Act proposal, which opens up financial aid programs to undocumented students.
Advocates have long pushed for the legislation on behalf of immigrant high school graduates who, without citizenship, are barred from public financial aid programs.
While the proposal enjoys the governor’s support and the support of the Democratic-majority Assembly, it does not have enough votes in the Republican-led state Senate.
A “tired and weak and cold” Garcia sat in the offices of the Newburgh YWCA on Tuesday afternoon. She was disappointed over a new budget deal that does not include the DREAM Act, but still vowed to press for the legislation, along with other advocates.
“We’re obviously hungry for making this a reality and we will continue to do what needs to be done,” she said.