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DREAM Act hunger strikers enter sixth day

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A protester in Arizona.

Since Wednesday, up to 10 supporters of proposed legislation known as the DREAM Act have been camped out on a hunger strike in front of the Westwood office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Sleeping in a tent while consuming nothing but water for days is a painful way to get the attention of lawmakers, but the hunger strikers in Westwood, who include undocumented undergraduate and graduate students, say it’s worth it: The proposed Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act would create a path to citizenship for qualifying 1.5 generation undocumented immigrants who were brought here as minors. Those who qualify must have arrived in the United States before age 16, have been here continuously for five years, and must attend college or join the military. They must also be between 12 and 35 at the time they apply.