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Hunger strike called off after participant hospitalized

Posted June 28, 2010 10:39 p.m. EDT

— 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.