Illegal immigrant students lobby for a chance at legal residency – Full Story
By Jennifer Delson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 5, 2007
Illegal immigrant students boarded rush-hour Metrolink trains in Santa Ana last week to bring attention to pending legislation that could make them eligible for green cards and put them on the path toward U.S. citizenship.These young adults, brought to the United States by their parents when they were children, tried to explain to commuters why the federal government should give them legal U.S. residency. Without green cards, the students said they could graduate from college but would probably have trouble pursuing professional careers.
Under the Dream Act, immigrants who have been in the country for at least five years, have a high school diploma and meet other requirements could receive conditional legal residency. Over the next six years, they would have to spend two years in college or the military to qualify for permanent legal residency, a step toward citizenship.
If you support the DREAM act I hope you’ll call, write, and fax your representatives letting them know how you feel.
If you don’t support the DREAM act I hope you’ll at least give your opinions with thoughtfulness and compassion. It is ok to be against illegal immigration, but it is not ok to hate or be racist. Hate and racism are not the American traits we should be holding up to the world as our most valued.