Senator Bill Perkins has introduced a New York State DREAM Act in the state senate that would bring many more rights to young undocumented immigrants in New York.
A dozen young people publicly announced themselves to be undocumented Americans at a rally in New York’s Union Square on Friday.
Just as supporters of immigration reform were losing hope, the president said he wants to take on “once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration.”
Despite early hopes for reform, the year was marked by the enactment of Arizona’s tough new immigration law and the defeat of the DREAM Act.
Guest Columnist Erwin de Leon responds to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, signed by President Obama today, and the failure of The DREAM Act in the Senate.
Immigrant activists joined President Obama in expressing “incredible disappointment” at the failure of the bill that would have provided a path to legal status for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has cleared the way for what’s likely to be the DREAM Act’s last chance in the lame duck session of Congress.
To celebrate the feast day of Mexico’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and spiritually unite families, a torch was carried on a 72-day journey from Mexico City to New York City.
Young advocates for the DREAM Act say the postponement of a Senate vote gives them more time to convince senators of their cause.
After passing in the House, Senate Democrats made a strategic decision to postpone a vote on the measure that would offer a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants.