Miami students trek to DC for immigrant rights


This Dec. 18, 2009 photo shows Juan Rodriguez, 20, center, along with other Florida teens walking from the Miami Dade downtown campus to a church in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami for a press conference to raise awareness about immigration reform. Juan and four other teens will will set out New Years Day on a nearly 2,000 mile walk from Miami to Washington D.C. to raise support for immigration reform.

Jeffrey M. Boan/The Associated Press
Published: Friday, January 1, 2010 at 8:22 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 1, 2010 at 8:22 a.m.

MIAMI — While their fellow college students sleep off the night's revelry, four South Florida students will celebrate the New Year with a slightly more active approach.

On Friday, the group embarks on a 1,500 mile trek from Miami to Washington, D.C., they are calling "Trail of Dreams." Their goal is to raise support for changes in immigration law.

Twenty-year-old Juan Rodriguez and the others, all immigrants, plan to walk the distance and expect supporters to join them along the way. They plan to arrive in the capital May 1, in time for massive immigrant rights rallies.

They want Congress to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. They also want the federal government to stop deporting illegal immigrants who have spouses or children who are U.S. citizens.

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