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September 26, 2010
S tay in school. Work hard. Make good grades. If you do those things, you can go to college and earn a good living. All over America, teachers repeat that mantra in their classrooms. Parents say it, too. So do coaches, bus drivers, and scout leaders. It's no accident that as many as 13,000 illegal immigrants are attending college in the United States. Brought to this country as kids, they have become Americanized, absorbing the language patterns, habits, and dreams of their ambitious classmates.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House voted yesterday to resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, a largely symbolic move in the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress this year and a measure of the daunting challenge facing supporters of a sweeping overhaul of existing law on the subject. The party-line vote of 224-201 was aimed at blocking implementation of President Barack Obama's 2012 election-year order to stop deportations of many so-called DREAM Act individuals.
NEWS
December 2, 2010
YOU DON'T have to support amnesty for illegal immigrants to support the DREAM Act. We don't - and we do. This week marks a big push by some Americans across the country to persuade Congress to pass legislation that would offer a path to citizenship for young people who did not choose to come to this country but now have no other home. Groups like www.DreamActivist.org are organizing volunteers to call representatives and make the case. The DREAM Act - short for Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act - isn't about amnesty.
NEWS
June 23, 2011
FOR MOST folks, the summer (2001, to be exact) that Jose Antonio Vargas worked at the Daily News was such a blip in such a remarkable - meteoric, actually - rise of a young journalist that it's almost dropped off his resume. Not surprising, because since then, he has shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work with the Washington Post staff on the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, covered the 2008 presidential race for the Post , left to become technology writer for the Huffington Post and now - at the ripe old age of 30 - has already left daily journalism to launch an immigration project called Define American.
NEWS
February 1, 2012
WANT TO LEARN more about the DREAM Act and give your two cents on the issue? Sandra Shea, the Daily News' editorial page editor, will moderate a discussion at 7 tonight at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Branch, 1901 Vine St. "The Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrant Youth and the Dream Act" will feature speakers from DreamActivist Pennsylvania, the Nationalities Service Center and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians....
NEWS
December 11, 2010
Democrats wisely sidestepped a showdown this week on legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for thousands of children brought to this country illegally. They didn't have the votes. Although they hope to revisit the issue before Congress recesses for the holidays, it's doubtful that enough Republican support can be gained to save the Dream Act. The House passed its version of the bill, but it failed in the Senate. Unfortunately, that's where legislation to end the military's ban on gays serving their country openly also came to a screeching halt.
NEWS
July 23, 2010 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
Philadelphia immigration attorney Dave Bennion thinks it's courageous that students in this country without legal documents rallied and lobbied in Washington earlier this week for passage of the DREAM Act. The act is designed to give young people under 35 the opportunity to earn permanent-resident status if they came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday, have lived here for at least five years, are of good moral character and have completed two...
NEWS
January 28, 2012 | By Juliette Kayyem
In his State of the Union address this week, President Obama referred to a law that would provide citizenship to illegal immigrants who were raised here as Americans and who promise to serve in the military or go to college. But he did not actually identify it. That was no accident. Instead of resurrecting the DREAM Act, which was defeated by Senate Republicans, Obama is pushing the GOP closer to a compromise they can't afford to oppose. The DREAM Act would have granted lawful status to two different classes of illegal immigrants: those who join the military, and those who enter higher-education institutions of two or more years.
NEWS
June 17, 2011 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
Fernanda Marroquin attends Montgomery County Community College and pays the out-of-state tuition rate even though she lives in the suburban county. She does so because she is an undocumented immigrant. A bill to be introduced in the state House today by Rep. Tony Payton, D-Phila., would change that. The legislation would allow illegal immigrants who were brought here as children by their parents and who have attended high school in the state to pay instate college tuition rates rather than higher, out-of-state rates.
NEWS
June 20, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
Accusing President Obama of playing politics in directing the Department of Homeland Security to stop deporting young people brought to this country illegally by relatives or other adults isn't likely to turn voters against him. Most people recognize that, despite whatever his underlying motive might be, Obama did the right thing. In fact, a Bloomberg poll Tuesday showed 64 percent of likely voters agree with what Obama did. They should. Children who had no say in how they arrived in this country shouldn't be punished for being here.
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NEWS
December 21, 2013 | By Jan Hefler and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writers
Deal clears way for N.J. 'Dream Act' TRENTON - In a breakthrough after weeks of recrimination, New Jersey's Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Christie agreed on a landmark "Dream Act" that will allow undocumented immigrants to pay reduced, in-state tuition to attend public colleges and universities in the state. The compromise, announced by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and confirmed by Christie, came on the last day before the Legislature's holiday break and set in motion a legislative scramble.
NEWS
June 9, 2013 | VOTERAMA IN CONGRESS
WASHINGTON - Here is how area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House 2014 Homeland Security budget. Voting 245-182, the House on Thursday approved a $45 billion fiscal 2014 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security and its 230,000 employees in seven agencies. The bill (HR 2217) increases spending for border protection, customs, and immigration enforcement while sharply cutting the Transportation Security Administration and Coast Guard budgets.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House voted yesterday to resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, a largely symbolic move in the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress this year and a measure of the daunting challenge facing supporters of a sweeping overhaul of existing law on the subject. The party-line vote of 224-201 was aimed at blocking implementation of President Barack Obama's 2012 election-year order to stop deportations of many so-called DREAM Act individuals.
NEWS
February 19, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - As the rhetoric in Washington on immigration shifts from building walls to building a pathway to citizenship, so, too, has the discussion softened in some corners of the state Capitol. In recent years, the loudest voices among Republicans have advocated tighter laws to halt what one legislator calls Pennsylvania's "illegal-alien invasion. " But now, a conservative lawmaker from Lancaster County is offering an olive branch of sorts to undocumented residents, in the form of a Pennsylvania "Dream Act" that would extend in-state college tuition rates to students who were brought to the United States as children.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Young illegal immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Department of Homeland Security starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get work permits. DHS announced the details Tuesday of what documents illegal immigrants would need to prove that they are eligible for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The announcement came a day before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was set to begin letting people apply for the program.
NEWS
June 20, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
Accusing President Obama of playing politics in directing the Department of Homeland Security to stop deporting young people brought to this country illegally by relatives or other adults isn't likely to turn voters against him. Most people recognize that, despite whatever his underlying motive might be, Obama did the right thing. In fact, a Bloomberg poll Tuesday showed 64 percent of likely voters agree with what Obama did. They should. Children who had no say in how they arrived in this country shouldn't be punished for being here.
NEWS
June 19, 2012 | Daily News Editorial
PRESIDENT OBAMA has finally used powers well within his executive authority to shield from deportation — temporarily, at least — a potential 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children. No matter what you hear — and, in a nation plagued by partisan political mis- and dis-information, immigration issues typically top the list — the policy announced Friday by the Department of Homeland Security is not "amnesty. " (After all, the reprieve does not apply to parents who chose to come to this country illegally, or overstay their visas, but only to children who had no say in the decision.)
NEWS
June 19, 2012 | Letter to the Inquirer Editor
Again, Obama bypasses Congress Once again, President Obama has bypassed Congress, this time to establish a new immigration policy ("Obama shields younger migrants," Saturday). In December 2010, the U.S. Senate defeated the "DREAM Act," but the president has, once more, thumbed his nose at our elected officials. I am just amazed that he continues to ignore the U.S. Constitution. I wonder if this new policy is a reflection of his concerns about November 2012?   James J. O'Donnell, Ocean City     Tools of a dictatorship The Obama administration has usurped the authority of Congress with an executive order "DREAM Act" on immigration.
NEWS
June 17, 2012
PENNSYLVANIA Sandusky wins a round Jerry Sandusky won a court ruling Friday that will let him have an expert testify about a psychiatric condition that his attorney says helps explain letters Sandusky wrote to his accusers and other actions that have been construed as attempts to groom victims. Judge John Cleland granted a motion that sought to put evidence of "histrionic personality disorder" before jurors in Sandusky's child-sexual-abuse case. Corbett vs. Rendell Gov. Corbett will appear with fellow Republican Mitt Romney on the presidential contender's first traditional campaign trip of the general election, a six-state bus trip.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Declaring themselves "undocumented, unapologetic, and unafraid," two college students, both illegal immigrants, were arrested by Philadelphia police Wednesday after a boisterous immigrant-rights protest that snarled traffic for more than an hour. Tania Chairez, 19, a University of Pennsylvania sophomore, and Jessica Hyejin Lee, 20, a junior at Bryn Mawr College, planted themselves atop two banners they put in the roadway at 16th and Callowhill Streets at 3:15 p.m. and refused to move.
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