By Maegan La Mala
10 May 2011
Earlier, when I wrote about President Obama’s immigration speech, I mentioned the arrests of five DREAM Activists in Indiana.
Erick, Omar, Lupe, Paola and Sayra were arrested yesterday in Gov. Daniels office in Indiana protesting two immigration laws that passed in the state legislature. Senate Bill 590 is similar to Arizona’s SB1070 and would make local police into de facto immigration agents. HB1402 forces undocumented Indiana students to pay out-of-state tuition rates – triple the cost of in-state rates in some cases. The protesters demanded a meeting with Daniels, a request he denied.
Now incarcerated, the Indiana Five started a hunger strike, refusing to be bonded out of jail, until the Governor vetoes HB1402 and SB590. The media is reporting that a spokesperson for Daniels says the governor is expected to sign the bills into law.
There is a petition you can sign urging Governor Daniels to veto Senate Bill 590 and House Bill 1402 immediately. The DREAMers are also requesting donations towards a bail fund.