Vigils encourage plan for path to citizenship for undocumented students

By City News Service

Students will hold candlelight vigils and hold banners from bridges throughout the county Monday to encourage lawmakers to vote on the DREAM Act, a bill to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented students.

Hundreds of college students are expected to turn out between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the vigils, said Kendell Tylee, the event’s organizer.

The banners will be held from the Palomar Airport Road bridge over Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, the Twin Oaks Road bridge over Highway 78 in San Marcos, the Gilman Road bridge over La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla, the Park Boulevard bridge over Interstate 5 in San Diego and the Sampson Street bridge over Interstate 5 in Barrio Logan.

The students hope their demonstration will encourage lawmakers to vote for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to earn U.S. citizenship by completing two years of college or military service.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada could bring up the bill as soon as Tuesday, although it faces opposition from Republicans and some Democrats, who say illegal immigrants should not be rewarded for being in the country illegally.