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March 13, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Two weeks ago, Uriel Alberto interrupted a state legislative hearing in North Carolina and declared himself an undocumented immigrant. "I am undocumented and I am unafraid," Alberto, 24, told a North Carolina House of Representatives immigration committee in Raleigh . "I refuse to be bullied and intimidated by this committee and choose to empower my community. " Alberto's bold statement got him arrested for disorderly conduct -- and landed him in jail under threat of federal deportation.
July 3, 2010
Nightmare in Hesperia Re "Undone by their dreams," June 27, and "A steep fall for a suburban idyll," June 28 Thank you for your incredible story about the Meenan family, who lost their home in Hesperia. For one of the few times in more than 50 years of reading newspapers, I actually got choked up. My wife and I moved to the Golden State from Pennsylvania in 2001, and were considering buying a place in the high desert due to affordability when we lucked out and found a reasonably priced home in a senior community in Oceanside.
November 28, 2010 | By Diana Marcum, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The student body president at Cal State Fresno. The drum major at UCLA. Student senators, class presidents, team captains and club officers at community colleges. Scores of student leaders across California are illegal immigrants who came to this state as children. With Congress expected to vote as early as this week on immigration reform that would give these students a pathway to legal status, a new generation of scholars who were raised in California but not born here are shedding their secrecy and speaking about their lives.
April 20, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A former president of the University of Arizona pleaded with Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Friday to support some version of the Dream Act to give "a glimmer of hope" to college students who are not in the United States legally. "They're bright, they can help carry this country forward," Manuel Pacheco told Romney during a roundtable discussion with Latino business leaders in Tempe. "I think it would be a shame to lose that particular talent that they bring.
December 9, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau
The House passed a landmark youth immigration bill known as the Dream Act on Wednesday night largely along party lines, but the measure faces a tough test in the Senate as Democrats struggle to pass priority legislation in the waning days of this Congress. Eight Republicans joined in approving the bill, 216 to 198. Thirty-eight Democrats voted no. The measure offers a path to citizenship for young people who were brought to this country illegally before age 16 and who have enrolled in college or entered the military.
September 20, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will introduce the so-called DREAM Act, a key component of immigration reform, as an amendment to a defense authorization bill as early as Tuesday. Doing so will throw down a gauntlet. Democrats and Republicans alike will have to choose between what is right for the nation and what might appease its angriest elements. Under the act, undocumented students who graduate from U.S. high schools and have been in the country continuously for at least five years would be eligible for a six-year conditional path to citizenship if they meet certain college requirements or serve two years in the military.
December 8, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Congress on Wednesday is expected to begin its fight over extending legal immigration status to foreign-born youngsters with a scheduled cloture vote on the DREAM Act in the Senate. The bill, whose cloture vote is expected about 4 p.m. EST, is being heavily pushed by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who was reelected with a large Latino vote last month. He pledged to bring the measure to a vote, though it will likely fail because of strong opposition from Republicans to a what they have called a mass amnesty for illegal immigrants.
June 28, 2011 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
Tolu Olubunmi was brought to the United States from Nigeria when she was 14, graduated from college seven years later with a chemical engineering degree, and couldn't get hired because of her status as an illegal immigrant. "It was heartbreaking," she said. For Olubunmi, passage of the DREAM Act, which would establish a path to citizenship for some young illegal immigrants, is especially urgent. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story said Tolu Olubunmi was brought to the U.S. illegally from Nigeria.
October 2, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
HENDERSON, Nev. - Campaigning for Mitt Romney in Nevada, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called the GOP presidential nominee's position on the so-called Dream Act kids “logical.” In an interview published Tuesday, Romney told the Denver Post that he would honor visas granted to some young immigrants under an executive order announced by President Obama in June. In August, the administration started the program to grant work permits and two-year deportation deferrals to illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.
October 5, 2011 | James Rainey
Let's stipulate that you don't have to be a thug, racist or fool to oppose taxpayer-supported grants to illegal-immigrant college students. Let's agree, meanwhile, that you can support financial aid to those undocumented migrant students without being a squishy-headed traitor. The California Dream Act raises thorny issues about whether non-citizens should get government benefits at a time when many state services are being slashed. The arguments on the two sides are powerful enough that Gov. Jerry Brown has been taking weeks to decide whether to sign the legislation.
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