May 17th, 2010


Boston University Graduates the Class of 2010, and (forty years late) the Class of 1970

40 Years Later, a Proper Graduation

Boston University held a graduation ceremony for its class of 1970 on Sunday morning. The original commencement was canceled amid a tumultuous spring.


BOSTON — The telltale clues at this weekend’s festivities, 40 years late, included the tie-dye T-shirt on a woman who also wore a peace symbol necklace and a garland in her hair (“I thought everyone would be dressed like this,” she said).

When the group stood for its class picture, even those in suits and ties made the peace sign. Others raised clenched fists.

And one of them marched in the commencement processional with an antiwar poster slung around his neck.

The accouterment and spirit of their era still radiate from the class of 1970, despite the harsh and abrupt ending to their years at Boston University.

That spring was supposed to bring a flowery conclusion to their four years of academe. But President Richard M. Nixon had invaded Cambodia. National Guardsmen had gunned down students at Kent State, killing four and wounding nine. Young men still faced the draft. And this campus, like many across the country, was in turmoil, with strikes, sit-ins, building takeovers and fire-bombings.

The situation became so incendiary that, for safety’s sake, university officials called off final exams, canceled graduation and sent students packing.

This weekend, on what would have been the 40th anniversary of that ceremony, the university sought to make amends with a proper graduation.

But more than pomp and circumstance, the university wanted to give the students — now in their early 60s, many of them grandparents — a chance to heal the wounds, reflect on what their time here had meant and feel better about their alma matter.

“This is not an apology,” Robert A. Brown, the president of the university, said in an interview beforehand. “We did exactly the right thing by calling off exams. It’s an opportunity to reach out to this cadre of alums and say, ‘Come, be with us.’ ”

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OP'S NOTE: As an (ohshit now i'm a junior omg) raising upperclassman at BU who is very involved with Admissions and the Office of the Dean of Students, I worked at Commencement this weekend and got to really see firsthand how cool it was to get the Class of '70 back on campus. A lot of them actually seemed more excited about Commencement than the Class of 2010. At the moment, I'm procrastinating packing up my dorm room (I have to leave my dorm by 10am today to move to my summer housing assignment) and nursing the vicious sunburn I got while directing confused families down Commonwealth Ave towards Nickerson Field. I just thought you guys might be interested in this; I'm a hardcore lurker and I've never actually either posted or commented. Yeah. That's how badly I don't want to keep packing right now.

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5 Lesser Known American Civil Wars

The world probably thinks there's a lot of infighting in America these days, what with Tea Partiers talking about watering the tree of liberty with blood, and the governor of Texas talking about secession.

But the truth is, we're always fighting. Long before and after the Civil War, American states have been pointing guns at each other and screaming ridiculous threats. Just consider...

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Texas schools board rewrites US history with lessons promoting God and guns

US Christian conservatives drop references to slave trade and sideline Thomas Jefferson who backed church-state separation

Cynthia Dunbar does not have a high regard for her local schools. She has called them unconstitutional, tyrannical and tools of perversion. The conservative Texas lawyer has even likened sending children to her state's schools to "throwing them in to the enemy's flames". Her hostility runs so deep that she educated her own offspring at home and at private Christian establishments.

Now Dunbar is on the brink of fulfilling a promise to change all that, or at least point Texas schools toward salvation. She is one of a clutch of Christian evangelists and social conservatives who have grasped control of the state's education board. This week they are expected to force through a new curriculum that is likely to shift what millions of American schoolchildren far beyond Texas learn about their history.

The board is to vote on a sweeping purge of alleged liberal bias in Texas school textbooks in favour of what Dunbar says really matters: a belief in America as a nation chosen by God as a beacon to the world, and free enterprise as the cornerstone of liberty and democracy.

"We are fighting for our children's education and our nation's future," Dunbar said. "In Texas we have certain statutory obligations to promote patriotism and to promote the free enterprise system. There seems to have been a move away from a patriotic ideology. There seems to be a denial that this was a nation founded under God. We had to go back and make some corrections."

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Vatican says priersts aren't their employees, so it's not their fault!

The Vatican on Monday will make its most detailed defense yet against claims that it is liable for U.S. bishops who allowed priests to molest children, saying bishops are not its employees and that a 1962 Vatican document did not require them to keep quiet, The Associated Press has learned.

The Vatican is expected to assert that bishops aren't its employees because they aren't paid by Rome, don't act on Rome's behalf and aren't controlled day-to-day by the pope — factors courts use to determine whether employers are liable for the actions of their employees, Lena told the AP.

The Vatican's U.S. attorney, Jeffrey Lena, said it will include a response to claims that the 1962 document "Crimen Sollicitationis" — Latin for "crimes of solicitation" — barred bishops from reporting abuse to police.

Lena said Sunday there is no evidence the document was even known to the archdiocese in question — much less used — and that regardless it didn't mandate that bishops not report abusive priests.

SOURCE thinks the Vatican is grasping at straws here

Never mind the Con-Dem coalition. We want bogeymen and we want them now

David Cameron - David Cameleon

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So: the weirdest election in history has produced the weirdest government imaginable. Well, almost. If Cameron had formed a coalition with the cast of Bergerac, that would be weirder – but only by about seven per cent.

The worst part is working out who to hate, and why. I was eight when Thatcher got in, and didn't really understand what was happening. Nonetheless, before long the Tories had replaced the Cybermen as my number one bogeymen. At first there was a simple, visceral reason for this: they seemed alarmingly gung-ho about nuclear war. They believed nuclear missiles were an effective deterrent, and furthermore, that a nuclear war might be winnable anyway.

I was opposed to all kinds of nuclear war – even little ones between neighbouring Welsh counties were simply not on, in my book. It was my understanding that these things tended to spiral out of control, and burning to death in a massive exploding fireball didn't rank very high on my list of hopes and dreams for the future.

(My paranoia wasn't that far off, as it happens. According to the book Rendez-Vous: The Psychoanalysis of François Mitterrand, at the height of the Falklands war, Thatcher threatened to nuke Argentina unless President Mitterrand handed over disabling codes for the French-built Exocet missiles which were pounding British ships. If that was true, and had actually happened, you wouldn't be reading the Guardian right now – you'd be fighting a giant scorpion to impress the village elders.)

As if plotting to destroy the world wasn't bad enough, the Conservatives went on to preside over the most wilfully obnoxious and polarising decade imaginable: braying yuppies at one extreme, penniless strikers at the other. The Tories weren't just nasty – they seemed to actively enjoy being nasty. And there was no getting rid of them, even when Thatcher got the boot. Consequently, an entire generation grew up regarding the Tory government as something like rain, or wasps, or stomach flu: an unavoidable, undying source of dismay.

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Source: Charlie Brooker @ The Guardian
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New Arizona law has Asian communities concerned

by Kelly Chung Dawson

New York - A controversial new immigration law in Arizona has fanned public furor over its perceived anti-Latino aspects, but increasing arrests of Chinese illegal immigrants has brought the issue to Asian communities.

"The Arizona law is an affront to all people of color and all Americans, and especially people of color who have been subjected to racial profiling," said Norman Eng, spokesperson for the New York Immigration Coalition. "Chinese people are no strangers to that."

The act requires law enforcement to request immigration papers from anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. It has been denounced by politicians and advocacy groups as racist and unconstitutional.

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Flashpoint in Thailand

THE conflict in Thailand has reached a turning point, with the army demanding all women and children leave a fortified protest camp in the centre of Bangkok by 6pm, Sydney time, today as the death toll from four days of bloody street battles rose to 30.

The Thai army has warned protesters to leave the camp before they begin a final offensive to remove anybody left behind.

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Loss of Faith in Democracy Lets Hardliners Stick in the Boot in Thailand

A little bit of background and analysis of the current situation in Thailand.

A first peace mission suggests itself for David Cameron, Britain's newly elected prime minister. Why not head to Bangkok to talk his two-years-older Eton and Oxford fellow student and Thai counterpart, Abhisit Vejjajiva, out of the dreadful, bloody mess he's helped create?

Abhisit may not be entirely his own creature - there are more powerful establishment figures hovering in the background - but someone must get through the point that his public trust is minimal, and honest broking is needed.

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Risking their futures to support the DREAM Act

Tania Unzueta of Chicago risks arrest in sit-in at Arizona Sen. John McCain's office

A group of undocumented students, including Tania Unzueta from Chicago, are staging a sit-in Monday afternoon at Arizona Sen. John McCain's office in Tuscon.

They are challenging Congress to pass the DREAM Act which would create a pathway to legalization for undocumented youth who came here as minors and who complete two years of college or military service.
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These youth are embarking on a national campaign at a time when immigration is a  hot topic with the recent passage of Arizona's controversial immigration law.

The four youth staging the sit-in risk arrest. If arrested, they could wind up in deportation proceedings.

Tania told me recently she would be embarking on a campaign of activism.

"This is the biggest thing that I have been scared of  my whole life and now that I'm saying it out loud - even though there may be consequences - it feels really good," Tania told me in a recent interview.

Tania, 26, like many young people who are undocumented, was brought to the United States by her parents. She was 6 when she arrived in Chicago. When she was 16, I first wrote about her when I was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. I recently interviewed her again about her activism.

She told me that she quit her full-time job so that she could embark on a national activism campaign. She also is one of the founders of the Immigrant Youth Justice League, which helped organize a group of youth to come out of the shadows and proclaim their undocumented status publicly this past March.

She recalled a conversation she had with her mom about going more public with her undocumented status.

Tania said that her mother told her, "You shouldn't be proud of being undocumented. Don't claim it as your own identity because it's not what makes you you."

But Tania disgreed. "The thing is... actually it is. Ever since we were little we've grown up knowing we are undocumented. It is part of our identity," she told me.

Now Tania and three other undocumented students, Lizbeth Mateo of Los Angeles, Mohammad Abdollahi  of Ann Arbor and Yahaira Carrillo of Kansas City are also part of the sit-in.

You can follow Tania on her Twitter feed about it. The next few hours may be tense as the students wait to see if they will be arrested.

They are taking this action on the anniversary of the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education.

Youth like Tania did not come here of their own free will. Many did not even learn they were undocumented until they graduated high school and their parents told them about their status. Among them are class valedictorians and community leaders. They are culturally American having come here as children.

But their futures are limited without equal access to a college education and careers. Many of these students still even find a way to graduate from college but their career options are few as they don't have a green card to work legally.

Congress is moving slowly to tackle comprehensive immigration reform. The  DREAM Act has been championed by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin. President Obama also has expressed his support for it.

Youth like Tania are willing to risk everything to tell them it's time to pass the DREAM Act. There may be as many as one million youth who could qualify for it.

It's time to let these students live the American Dream.


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Well someone in California decided to pull out the big guns...

Dick Cheney: Whitman stronger Republican candidate

I am proud to endorse Meg Whitman to be the next governor of California. Meg has the conservative values, leadership skills and vision to reform state government and usher in an era of strong economic growth and prosperity.

There is a lot at stake in this election. What happens in California has a direct bearing on the health of the U.S. economy. America cannot afford to have its largest state teetering on the edge of financial collapse. California needs a proven executive who has the mettle to stand up to the entrenched special interests in Sacramento and cut spending.

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Supreme Court: Sex offenders can be held indefinitely

(CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the federal government has the power to keep some sex offenders behind bars indefinitely after they have served their sentences if officials determine those inmates may prove "sexually dangerous" in the future.

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What says you, peanut gallery? On one hand I don't believe (or only in very rare cases) sexual predators can be rehabilitated, but on the other this seems kinda dodgy, and potentially dangerous. Idk, Idk.

Now includes an edit with more information thanks to vivianstcloud and klmnumbers


Muslims Winning Beauty Pageants = Affirmative Action

Neocon Pundit: What's With All These Muslims Winning Beauty Pageants?

A new Miss USA was crowned last night, the first time a Muslim, Arab-American woman won the honor. But for Daniel Pipes, a neocon pundit who writes for the National Review and was a Bush appointee to the Peace Institute, that's one too many.

On his blog yesterday, Pipes pointed out five other Muslim women who've won beauty contests in the U.S., Britain and France over the last five years.

"They are all attractive, but this surprising frequency of Muslims winning beauty pageants makes me suspect an odd form of affirmative action,"
he wrote.

That "suspicion is borne out," he wrote, because of one pageant winner at North Carolina A&T University who wore a hijab under her crown.

Pipes does not explain why Miss A&T's hijab proves his suspicion that a handful of Muslim beauty pageant winners are the result of some "odd form of affirmative action."


Wow, Muslims winning an average of ONE pageant a year. Oh, the infestation!
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Purple Protest Demands Fair Votes

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More than a thousand people, mainly wearing purple, came to Westminster to demand a fair voting system, feeling cheated by the recent election results which failed to produce a government reflecting how people voted.

Old Palace Yard opposite the Houses of Parliament became fairly packed with people as the rally there called for "fair votes, fair choice" and demanded an end to the "first past the post system" which they feel the recent election demonstrated was broken and outdated.

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Not gonna lie, it was an awesome protest. I'm in one of the photos on the source page too, so... yeah. Good times all round. xD
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David Lammy: Labour must rediscover its passion for social justice

The tragedy is we even had some decent policy in the election manifesto. But rather than offering a story for Britain's future, it read more like a telephone directory.

We lost the election and we could be out of power for a generation. What will determine our future now is how deeply we rethink and how quickly we regroup.

The new political reality is this: the coalition Government has done more to modernise and rebrand the Conservative Party than anything since Margaret Thatcher. Cameron is no longer the prisoner of his party's Right flank. He has the chance to earn the trust of the British people in Government.

We must also recognise the significance of our own defeat. We lost nearly 100 seats. We dropped to third place in a further 81. We lost vast swathes of the south. Nationally it was our worst result since Michael Foot. The Tories need a swing of just 2 per cent more to gain an overall majority. It wasn't the armageddon that some expected but let's not kid ourselves: this was a resounding defeat.

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David Lammy is Labour MP for Tottenham and the former higher education minister.


Back to 2009, this time with signatures...

Iran signs nuclear fuel swap deal with Turkey and Brazil

Iran has signed a nuclear fuel swap deal to ship 1,200 kilos of low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for nuclear fuel for a Teheran reactor.

The agreement was signed in the Iranian capital between the foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey and Brazil after three-way talks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Under the agreement "Turkey will be the place to keep Iran's 3.5 per cent (low enriched) uranium," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters. "One thousand two hundred kilos (of LEU) will be exchanged."

He added that Iran will officially notify the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the agreement "within a week."

"The IAEA should inform the Vienna group (United States, France and Russia) of this proposal," he said of world powers which have wanted Iran since last October to accept a UN-backed deal to ship its enriched uranium abroad.

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I basically don't trust and don't agree with the Iranian authorities and at the same time think many members of the Security Council are being obnoxious and inflexible.

The U.S. needs college students like Jessica Colotl

WASHINGTON — If immigrants represented the best and the brightest, we’d eagerly welcome them into the United States, right? If they learned to speak English. If they were strivers and achievers. If they worked hard and reached for the brass ring, we wouldn’t deny them the opportunity to join the American mainstream. Would we?

Yes, we would.

Jessica Colotl, 21, is a senior at Kennesaw State University, a political science major and a member of Lambda Theta Alpha, a college sorority. She wants to attend law school.

However, she came to this country illegally, with her parents, when she was a child. And her detractors don’t care what she’s accomplished since then. They want to send her back to Mexico, a country she barely knows.

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Polarisation of US politics likely to gather pace

Voters predicted to ditch Congress moderates in favour of strident candidates from extremes of right and left.

The polarisation of US politics is likely to gather pace tomorrow in a host of contests across the country in which Republican and Democratic establishment candidates face being thrown out, victims of a wave of populist hostility towards Washington.

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Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History

At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

The deferments allowed Mr. Blumenthal to complete his studies at Harvard; pursue a graduate fellowship in England; serve as a special assistant to The Washington Post’s publisher, Katharine Graham; and ultimately take a job in the Nixon White House.

In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he enlisted in the Marine Reserve, landing a coveted spot in a unit in Washington, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. The unit conducted part-time drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive.

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Update to the Aiyana Jones story: 7 year-old girl shot and killed by Detroit Police


Police who carried out a raid on a family home that left a 7-year-old girl dead over the weekend were accompanied by a camera crew for a reality television show, and an attorney says video of the siege contradicts the police account of what happened.

Geoffrey Fieger, an attorney for the family of young Aiyana Jones, said he has seen three or four minutes of video of the raid, although he declined to say whether it was shot by the crew for the A&E series "The First 48," which has been shadowing Detroit homicide detectives for months.

Police have said officers threw a flash grenade through the first-floor window of the two-family home, and that an officer's gun discharged, killing the girl, during a struggle or after colliding with the girl's grandmother inside the home.

But Fieger said the video shows an officer lobbing the grenade and then shooting into the home from the porch.

"There is no question about what happened because it's in the videotape," Fieger said. "It's not an accident. It's not a mistake. There was no altercation."

"Aiyana Jones was shot from outside on the porch. The videotape shows clearly the officer throwing through the window a stun grenade-type explosive and then within milliseconds of throwing that, firing a shot from outside the home," he said.


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Legislation would bar tax-funded abortion coverage in Ohio

COLUMBUS - Three Cincinnati-area lawmakers introduced state legislation Monday that would prohibit health insurance coverage for abortion if it's subsidized with state or federal tax money.

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio - an organization that supports abortion rights - called the proposal extremely restrictive because it would keep women from buying health insurance that includes coverage for abortion once the federal health reform plan takes effect in 2014.

"It's ludicrous," Copeland said.

Identical bills were introduced Monday by state Sen. Gary Cates, a Republican from West Chester, and in the Ohio House as co-sponsored by Republican Reps. Joseph Uecker of Loveland and Danny Bubp of West Union.

Cates said it's doubtful the newly introduced legislation will be debated before a summer recess next month. But the topic is likely to get more support in the GOP-controlled Senate than the Ohio House, which is led by Democrats.

"This is basically to continue not allowing taxpayer dollars to fund and pay for abortions," Cates said. "It doesn't target any particular group of people. It keeps the spirit of the (federal) Hyde amendment intact."

But Copeland said Cates' bill actually resembles an unsuccessful federal amendment introduced by U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, a Democrat from Michigan.

"This bill is much, much more serious. It's discrimination. It ticks me off," Copeland said.

Copeland said any legislator who minimizes the bill's impact on legal abortions is lying.

In states where such legislation passes, insurance companies would not be able to offer coverage if it includes abortion.

A similar state law recently was enacted in Tennessee and proposed in Missouri.

The one-page bill introduced Monday in Ohio is vague, but in past legislative sessions bills restricting abortion have been amended during the committee process to detail new restrictions or offer additional legal guidelines.

' said the lady to the man she adored

Back off now.

Palin Calls Huntsman Out

Even though Jon Huntsman, Jr. stopped pretending not to run for president to become President Obama's ambassador to China, associates of the former Utah Governor say that he will return to the U.S. as a proud Republican and will probably try to position himself for a 2016 run. The thinking is that the GOP will have shaken off the willies by then and be ready to modernize. In any event, Sarah Palin has today called out Amb. Huntsman in a Tweet, which marks the first time, I believe, that Palin has referenced a fellow Republican and potential presidential aspirant in a provocative way.

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You walkin' a thin fuckin' line, Sarah. I got my eye on you.

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Undocumented students arrested in McCain's office

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Illegal Immigrant Students Protest at McCain Office


In an escalation of protest tactics, five immigrants dressed in caps and gowns held a sit-in on Monday at the Tucson offices of Senator John McCain, calling on him to sponsor legislation to open a path to legal status for young illegal immigrants.

Four of the protesters, including three who are in the country illegally, were arrested Monday evening on misdemeanor trespassing charges. The three were expected to face deportation proceedings.

It was the first time students have directly risked deportation in an effort to prompt Congress to take up a bill that would benefit illegal immigrant youths.

Separately on Monday, a lawsuit was filed in federal court in Phoenix by a coalition of civil rights, labor and religious groups challenging the new Arizona law that allows the police to detain suspected illegal immigrants as unconstitutional, saying it would lead to racial profiling.

Though it was the fifth suit challenging the law, it was widely believed to have the best chance of being heard by the courts given the groups’ experience and the nature of the complaint.

Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Mr. McCain, said of the protesters, “The individuals have a right to peacefully protest in the senator’s office,” and added that Mr. McCain “understands the students’ frustrations.”

But she said: “Elections have consequences, and they should focus their efforts on the president and the Democrats that control the agenda in Congress.”

Mr. McCain, a Republican, has in years past repeatedly sponsored a bill that would offer legalization for illegal immigrant students who were brought to the United States as children by their parents, known to its supporters as the Dream Act. But this year he has not. Mr. McCain is facing a primary challenge from J.D Hayworth, a talk show host who has taken a tough stand on illegal immigrants.

The students protesting in Mr. McCain’s office said they wanted to increase pressure on Congress to pass the Dream Act this year, even if lawmakers do not take up a broader overhaul of the immigration system. The student bill is currently part of a Democratic proposal for an overhaul, largely written by Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York.

“I’ve been organizing for years, and a lot of my friends have become frustrated and lost hope,” said one of the students, Lizbeth Mateo, 25. “We don’t have any more time to be waiting. I really believe this year we can make it happen.”

Ms. Mateo, who came to the United States when she was 14, said she paid full tuition to earn a degree from California State University, Northridge, the first member of her family to graduate from college. She said her plans to attend law school had failed because she lacked legal status.

Ms. Mateo was arrested, along with Mohammad Abdollahi, 24, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Yahaira Carrillo, 25, of Kansas City, Mo. All three are illegal immigrants.

Also arrested was Raúl Alcaraz, 27, an immigrant from Mexico who is a legal resident and a counselor at a Tucson high school.

The protesters walked into Mr. McCain’s office just before noon and sat in the lobby.

Tania Unzueta, 26, who is from Los Angeles, joined the sit-in, but she said the group decided she should leave the protest in order to avoid arrest.

Mr. Abdollahi said he could not return to Iran, where he was born, because he is gay and feared persecution there.

Margo Cowan, a lawyer representing the students, said that the Tucson police said they would advise federal immigration authorities of the arrests, and that she expected the students would be put in immigration detention.

Illegal immigrant students have become increasingly public in their protests in recent months, as the prospects for an immigration overhaul faded in Washington. Four immigrant students walked from Miami to Washington, arriving in late April. So far, immigration authorities have not moved to detain student protesters.

Lawmakers are divided over whether to take up the Dream Act as separate legislation. Andy Fisher, a spokesman for Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, a Republican who is a lead sponsor of the bill, said that the senator did not support any effort to advance a comprehensive immigration overhaul this year, but that he believed the Dream Act could be “doable” separately.

An aide to Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, a Democrat who is the act’s other lead sponsor, said he continued to see it as part of an overhaul.

Lawyers for the groups that filed the suit over the Arizona immigration law Monday took aim at a chief argument of its supporters: that it largely parallels existing federal statutes. The lawyers said the Arizona law went further because federal agents are not required to check the immigration status of people they stop or arrest, as the state law requires.


an additional story about Mohammad Abdollahi of Ann Arbor, the young gay man who has lived in America since he was three and who may be deported to Iran.