O'Neill student walks to Lincoln for rally to support DREAM act

2010-06-09T04:00:00Z O'Neill student walks to Lincoln for rally to support DREAM actBy JORDAN PASCALE / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Five days, 195 miles from O'Neill to Lincoln -- on foot.

That's the journey O'Neill High School graduate Daniel Dominguez is making in order to raise awareness for the federal DREAM Act legislation.

"My feet are tired and sore," Dominguez said from Seward on Tuesday, "but I'm feeling good. I want this thing passed."

Dominguez will arrive in Lincoln on Wednesday afternoon to take part in the Nebraska DREAM Walk, a rally in support of the act.

If passed, the act would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented students.

The federal bill -- although similar sounding -- is different than Nebraska's controversial Dream Act, which allows undocumented students to attend public colleges and universities in Nebraska at in-state tuition rates.

The event, sponsored by the Nebraska Students for the DREAM Act, will begin in front of the Ice Box on the former State Fairgrounds at 1:30 pm.

Supporters from around the state will join Dominguez for the final trek to the steps of the State Capitol building for a 3 p.m. rally.

Speakers at the rally include former state Sen. DiAnna Schimek and Yahaira Carrillo -- an undocumented student living in Kansas City who was arrested Monday for a sit-in at Sen. John McCain's offices in Tucson, Ariz.

In order to qualify for the DREAM Act, which would grant U.S. citizenship, students must have no criminal record, lived in the United States for at least six years, graduated from a U.S. high school and have obtained a degree from a U.S. college or university or completed at least two years military service.

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