Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Students who Entered U.S. as Undocumented Children at Risk for Deportation


Children brought to the U.S. as toddlers, by parents who were undocumented, are now facing deportation as adults because of their undocumented status.  The DREAM Act, which has not been passed by Congress, would have allowed many of these students to acquire legal status, and avoid deportation.  This predicament is described in the case of this 23 year-old college student in an article by Michael Melia. 

"Senator Richard Blumenthal Helped Student Mariano Cardoso Stay In US"
By MICHAEL MELIA
05/ 3/11
"Two years into a fight to stay in the U.S., Mexican college student Mariano Cardoso learned of a victory last week – not from immigration authorities, but from a U.S. senator who had taken up his cause...
It was a culmination of the Democratic senator's deep personal involvement in the case. Advocates say the supporting role he played, along with that of Connecticut's Democratic governor, proved critical to winning a reprieve, but also highlights a fractured immigration policy in which decisions can turn on the influence of one's supporters."

The Sanctuary Movement: How Broken Immigration Policies Affect CitiesJourney of Hope, Memoirs of a Mexican Girl: autobiography - illegal immigrant from Guanajuato Mexico to Los Angeles California

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