Viet student DREAM Act activist remembered at UCLA memorial

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Hundreds gathered at UCLA’s Moore Hall yesterday to mourn the loss of DREAM Act activists Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix, reports

Later in the afternoon, the State Senate adjourned in the memory of the two former Bruins, who had been tireless advocates for the DREAM Act, speaking out for undocumented students. The two best friends were killed last weekend in a Maine car accident.

After the Vietnam War, Tran’s father Tuan Ngoc Tran was imprisoned by the communist government in a re-education camp. Upon his release, he and his wife fled the country by boat. They were rescued by a German ship, and resettled in that country where Tam Tran was born. Because their application for political asylum was rejected by immigration officials, the family has been living from one work permit to another since Tran was born.

Tran, together with her friend, Felix, were activists for the DREAM Act, a law that would have allowed an undocumented student who had been in the country for five years, graduated high school, and attended college or served in the military for two years, to apply for a green card.