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Hunger strike called off after participant hospitalized

Posted June 28, 2010

— A woman living in the U.S. illegally was briefly hospitalized after a heat stroke during a hunger strike outside a North Carolina senator's office.

Hunger strike supporter Domenic Powell says 22-year-old Loida Silva was resting at home Monday after she was treated at a hospital the night before.

Silva had been camped out since June 14 with two other women near the local office of Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

They want Hagan to support federal legislation called the DREAM Act that would give some undocumented immigrants permanent residency by attending college or serving in the military.

The women came to North Carolina as children. They say their status gives them little hope of improving their lives.

Hagan's office said she won't co-sponsor the bill.

Powell said the strike was called off Monday evening because of concerns with Silva's health and security issues.

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  • weasleyes Jun 29, 2010

    If a water pipe breaks, do you FIRST say: "What are we going to do with all this water?" NO! You fix the leak, and then concentrate on mopping up the water. First, seal the borders! Then, concentrate on what to do with those illegal aliens that are already here. Wonder how many other illegals have crossed since this story first hit the news?

  • kikinc Jun 29, 2010

    I think the bigger issue here is stopping this problem BEFORE it happens. A part of me feels terrible that some illegal aliens want to go to school and make a better life for themselves, but can't because they're illegal. There natural born citizens who would rather sit around living off of handouts. However, you can't make exceptions for some and not others. That's a slippery slope. Enforce the immigration laws and secure the borders. Make it so that if you are born here to someone with illegal status, you are NOT a citizen. If we started at the bottom, we'd have less to deal with at the top.

    I'm 2nd generation American. My mom's side of the family is eastern European, and my dad's side is western European. When my grandparents came over, they did so with a green card, came to this country, and then assimilated to the blend of cultures here. They didn't have ESL classes for Poles, Italians, Germans, etc.

  • moncha2003 Jun 29, 2010

    of course why cry about the AMERICANS who are in the mix nc outerbanks...heaven forbid the people who are out in 100 degree weather with their cardboards signs would rather be in shelters instead of being on a roof top in 100 degree weather building a roof and not complaining that we AMERICANS cant get a job... SPARE ME THE SOB STORY

  • SaveEnergyMan Jun 29, 2010

    cghsmom, you cannot run a country on "feeling". Nations operate on law and justice. If we give them amnesty, then we have to let in everyone and can send no one home when their visa expries. Where do we equaitably draw the line? This is chaos.

    Laws are created for a reason. Before we choose to ignore them, we need to analyze why the law was passed and not just feel our way through this. This is the downfall of liberalism - feelings replacing logic.

  • melszewczyk Jun 29, 2010

    hospitalized Really? Guess who paid for that we did US Citizens.We have so many people that are here Illegally breaking laws and driving on our roads drunk and without a DL,and they end up killing someone and then we hear they are Illegally in our country.How does this happen? In the US our language is English.......

  • delilahk2000 Jun 29, 2010

    I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE A CRIMINAL AMNESTY, THAT IS LIKE TELLING THE ONES THAT DID IT THE RIGHT WAY,SORRY BUT YOU WENT THRU ALL THIS PROCESS FOR NOTHING THE CRIMINALS DESERVE IT MORE THAN YOU. WHAT A BUNCH OF CROCK, SEND ALL OF THEM BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM. THEY ARE NOT WANTED HERE BREAKING OUR LAWS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • skidkid269 Jun 29, 2010

    CGHSMOM, let me take your example to an extreme, just to illustrate a point. Say these people's parents stole a lot of money, and these children were raised in the lap of luxury because of it. Would it be fair then to take the money back once the crime was discovered. According to you, it's not fair to make them poor, they weren't raised that way. It's not their fault, their parents committed the crime. Should they have to pay for it? The answer is YES!

  • jenjenhar Jun 29, 2010

    And at what point do we stop and think about the welfare of the people, from all over, that we already welcomed into our country? When do we end up over populated and unable to care for the ones that are here LEGALLY? When do we decide that's enough? We can't help any more. We are tapped out. When do we decide all these illegal people are draining us to the point of having nothing left to help those who need AND earned it?

  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 29, 2010

    P.S. Where's MY free money?

  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 29, 2010

    moncha2003 - my comment holds a LOT of ground. At least the legal people in those shelters are citizens. Do I like supporting the ones that are freeloading? NO WAY. But why add to the mix? And believe me the percentage of illegals in there compared to the percentage of legal citizens in there is much higher. And the ones holding a cardboard sign? Well if someone wants to give them cash that is their choice. I have no choice giving these mexicans money. I do not give anyone money who can go out and get a job. Maybe you want to support these freeloaders but I don't.

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