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Latino Alliance Marches For DREAM Act

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The march began at Scott Stadium and made its way to the Rotunda. The march began at Scott Stadium and made its way to the Rotunda.

A group of students at the University of Virginia are daring to dream. The Latino Student Alliance is trying to raise awareness about a piece of legislation that would allow undocumented students to go to college in the United States.

To get their point across, they are not using their voices. Silence and solidarity is what these students want to convey. Close to 30 gathered at Scott Stadium for a silent march Monday morning. Others joined along while en route to the Rotunda.

The Latino Student Alliance fully supports the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, and is asking the university to endorse it. It is a piece of proposed legislation that would allow thousands of undocumented students living in the United States to pursue higher education. If passed, it would give students conditional residency while attending college.

The Alliance's Danny Navarro says 30,000 students in Virginia would benefit from the act. These same students have attended school and graduated from high school in Virginia.

"These kids came over to the United States when they were two years old- four years-old, very young," said Navarro. "The country they only know about is the United States of America. This is home. This is our home. We want to be positive members of our society. We want to go to college, we want to fight in the military."

Navarro says he understands that not everyone supports and agrees with the groups' efforts, but says the legislation is the next step for students to give back to the country that has helped them live a life they would not have had in their home country.

The alliance is looking for 2,000 to 5,000 signatures for its petition. It will present it to Student Council Tuesday night and if passed, it will then make its way to the Board of Visitors and UVA President Teresa Sullivan.

Reported by Julie Bercik
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