By: Courtney Craig
PHOENIX - A group of undocumented youths asking to join the military
spent their fourth day in a row outside Arizona Senator John McCain's
The group is calling themselves the "DREAM Army".
The aspiring servicemen are backed by a group of over 50 supporters,
who gathered for a vigil Sunday night in Phoenix at the corner of
Missouri and 16th streets.
"On Thursday my DREAM Army started with just two recruits, both
undocumented and like me wanting to just have a chance to serve in
the military. Now, just four days later, there are almost a dozen of
us training and working on our drills hoping to be recognized for our
desire to serve and protect this great country," said Michael
Nazario, the group's organizer.
One of the group's supporters is the Dream Act Coalition, an
organization dedicated to the passage of the DREAM Act.
If passed, the bi-partisan legislation would allow undocumented
youth, who were brought to this country at a young age, to fix their
legal status by joining the military or attaining a two-year college degree.
The DREAM Act is expected to come up for a vote next week.
The DREAM Army is expected to stay camped outside of Senator McCain's
office until at least Monday, when he is expected to be back in Phoenix.