The plight of immigrant students | Arkansas Blog

Friday, December 11, 2009

The plight of immigrant students

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 7:06 AM

This is a story with resonance in Arkansas, where a proud band of public officials have worked to provide education to children of illegal immigrants against the tide of anti-immigrant sentiment.

It's about growing activism among undocumented students with long lives and academic achievement in the U.S. They are becoming more active in pressing the Obama administration to deliver on a promise of providing a path to legal status.

The students’ goal is to gain passage of legislation that would give permanent resident status to illegal immigrants who had been brought to the United States before they were 15, if they have been here for at least five years, have graduated from high school and attend college or serve in the military for two years.

Known to its supporters as the Dream Act, it has been offered in the Senate by Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, and Richard G. Lugar, Republican of Indiana. An effort to bring it to the Senate floor was defeated in 2007, and proponents now consider it part of a package that includes a path to legal status for illegal immigrants in general, an estimated 12 million people.

It faces strong opposition, naturally.

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