The Virginia Dream Act, which would have given young people with deferred action status in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges, went down to defeat in the Senate Education and Health Committee on a party-line vote of 8-7.
Senate Democrats are proposing legislation that would grant in-state tuition at Virginia colleges to young people with Deferred Action status, allowing them full access to the benefits of a college education for the first time in history. The Virginia Dream Act sets out standards for students to qualify:
Congress needs to act on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, as soon as it reconvenes after the elections. The Act which was first introduced in 2001 would provide a path to citizenship for people brought to this country at a very young age.
Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants got a better chance to fulfill the American dream last week when President Obama announced that the administration will stop deporting undocumented youth who are law-abiding, pursuing an education or military service, and came to the country before turning 16
Isabel Castillo, a 2007 Eastern Mennonite University graduate, has become a nationally recognized spokesperson for the plight of undocumented young people in the United States. Castillo was featured in a Feb. 20, 2011, New York Times article, “Dream Act Advocate Turns Failure into Hope.” This publicity led Jesuit-run University of San Francisco to invite her [...]
House Republican leaders are taking up the hot-button issue of illegal immigration at the outset of a Virginia General Assembly session taking place against the backdrop of fall elections. “House Republicans believe that playing by the rules and abiding by the law is important. Countless immigrants to this great nation have come here to embrace [...]
Against all odds, 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school each year, many with honors. They are among America’s brightest, most driven and underprivileged. We have invested much in their K-12 education, and they have much to contribute to our society. National identity and allegiance are established during adolescence. This is their homeland. Brought here [...]