About 20 students at the University of California at Berkeley started a hunger strike Monday, vowing not to eat until university officials take a strong stand against the new immigration law in Arizona that is viewed by many as encouraging ethnic profiling, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The students are also demanding that disciplinary charges be dropped against those involved in an earlier protest, and that some janitors who lost their jobs be rehired.
Berkeley is among many campuses nationwide that have seen protests over the Arizona law and measures designed to punish those who live in the United States without legal authorization. At Texas A&M University, however, some students have been pushing the Student Senate to oppose the Texas policy of letting some undocumented students pay in-state tuition rates, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported. After an intense debate in the Senate Tuesday -- with an unusually large audience at the meeting -- senators decided to have a committee review the proposal.