‘Dreamers’ Convene to Celebrate—and Embrace Parents

December 3, 2012

Wall Street Journal, 12/02/2012

immigration marchEmboldened by a new program that allows them to remain in the U.S., hundreds of undocumented youth at a conference Sunday decided that their next goal is to urge Washington to devise a policy that also brings their illegal-immigrant parents out of the shadows. “As we celebrate our victory, we remember our moms and dads, uncles and aunts…who are still undocumented,” Cristina Jimenez, managing director of United We Dream, which represents young undocumented people, told about 600 members here.

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In Arizona, young illegal immigrants battle governor’s policy

August 29, 2012

Los Angeles Times, 8/29/2012

Gov. Brewer

Under the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, illegal immigrants younger than 31 who came to the U.S. before age 16 are eligible if they are enrolled in school, graduated from high school or served in the U.S. armed forces, and have no criminal record, among other criteria.

But Brewer signed an executive order directing Arizona state agencies to deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to illegal immigrants here even though they qualify for the Obama program. No federal program, the governor says, gives undocumented immigrants legal status in her state.

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