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UT Students Protest For Immigration Reform

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

A group of students from the University of Texas at Austin marched yesterday in front of the state capitol, calling on Congressman Roger Williams, R-Texas, to support a house resolution that would reform immigration policies.

The group University Leadership Initiative and other students against the Young Conservatives of Texas’ "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game are hoping to somehow catch the eye of Williams, who they are asking to co-sponsor House Resolution 15, which is also known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

The University Leadership Initiative’s Diana Morales said the resolution essentially would give undocumented people working in the United States and attending colleges and universities a path to citizenship.

"It’s just a pathway to citizenship, human rights," Morales said. "Right now we don’t have human rights, many people are not even aware they have workers’ rights, and employers are exploited their workers who are undocumented."

Morales said they are asking Williams, whose district includes the UT campus, to stand up for the more than 400 undocumented students attending the university.

Today thousands of UT students opposed to the "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game are wearing t-shirts that read "undocumented" as a sign of solidarity.

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.