Him Ranjit is on a mission to help get the DREAM Act passed. That mission took him from Austin to Washington, D.C. this week. Ranjit, a 19-year-old student from The University of Texas at Austin, was among about 70 to 80 college students lobbying for the law.
“I’m here because this is obviously more important than the finals,” he said in a telephone interview with the Star-Telegram. “We were lobbying all day yesterday.”
Ranjit, who was born in Nepal and raised in Euless, wants to gain legal status under the DREAM Act. He participated in a hunger strike for 10 days to gain more support for his cause.
He had to put off studying for finals for a few days so he could meet with lawmakers. He was able to meet with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Thursday during a coffee and greet session, but said he wasn't sure how she will vote.
Ranjit is part of United We Dream, a national network for advocates of the act. Many participants describe themselves as Dreamers, young immigrants who feel they belong in this country more than their birthplaces.
“For us, this is the country we call home,” Ranjit said, adding that they want to be recognized and they want to give back through military service or jobs.
“We would love to give back _even by paying taxes,” he said. “I know a lot people take that for granted, but we don’t.”
On Friday, he returns to Austin to study for finals in physics and biomedical engineering.