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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

THE DREAMERS

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Two stories are in the news this week that serve as reminders of why we need legislation to help young people without legal immigration status. One involves Eric Balderas, a Harvard undergraduate who came to the US from Mexico at the age of four and speaks English as his primary language. The other involves Paulina Ameneyro, who has just graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in Charlotte, NC. She arrived in the US at the age of 12 and in just seven years has not only mastered English, but risen to the top academically. Both face years in exile from the countries they know and as a county we will lose out on their great talent. Members of Congress are considering bringing up the DREAM Act this year even if CIR doesn't have a great chance. And the DREAM legislation could offer a real pathway for young people like Eric and Paulina to become contributing members of our society.

[UPDATE: Good news. ICE will no longer pursue Eric Balderas' deportation.]

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  1. JC's Avatar
    The link for Paulina also takes to the Boston story of Eric. Could you please correct that? THanks.
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Sorry. Fixed.
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