Port SA will not press charges on DREAM Act protestors

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A spokesperson for Port San Antonio said today the Board of Directors have decided they will not press charges against supporters of the DREAM Act who staged a sit-in at U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s office on November 29. The group of 16 UTSA students and supporters (including former SA Councilmember Maria Berriozábal) was arrested by San Antonio Police Department officers and charged with criminal trespassing by order of the Port Authority. Most were released on public recognizance bonds the morning of November 30.

Only Methodist minister Reverend Andrade-Smith (pictured left, wiht pink sign) of Westlawn United Methodist Church, refused to leave the jail, vowing to continue a hunger strike inside Bexar County Jail until the U.S. Senate voted on legislation that would provide a potential pathway to citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children, provided they pursue careers in the military or attend college.

Andrade-Smith has since been released and is currently lobbying senators in D.C. for DREAM Act passage. Her attorney, San Antonio's Ricardo Briones, told the Current this morning that the ultimate decision on whether the protesters are prosecuted still lies with the office of Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed. As of this time, we have not been able to reach Reed for comment.

Port spokesperson Paco Felici refused to go into details about how the decision not to press charges was reached.

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