Citing Student Detention, University Pushes Immigration Bill

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Officials from a Catholic university in Miami plan to hold a press conference on Tuesday designed to pressure lawmakers to pass legislation designed to provide legal residency status for children of illegal immigrants. In their support for the DREAM Act, officials from St. Thomas University cite the recent detention of one of its students by the United States Border Patrol. University officials hope their press conference will convince Americans to urge lawmakers to vote for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009 (DREAM ACT). The DREAM Act would provide legal status and educational opportunities to immigrant youngsters who entered the United States as minor children. The legislation applies to students in both public and private schools, including those attending Catholic schools. The current version would provide “conditional” green cards to as many as 2.1 million people who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents when they were under the age of 16. It would allow them to work, attend college and serve in the military. It also would put them on a path to citizenship. The DREAM Act is expected to come up for a vote this week. (dem daily)

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