Dream Act Goes Before the Senate, Local Organization Reacts

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 7:44am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 7:45am

After years of rejection, the Dream Act went before the Senate last week for the very first time. One local organization says that it brought a lot of hope to many students here in the upper valley and across the nation.

The controversial Dream Act was re introduced last week in hopes of one day granting illegal immigrant students citizenship.

LUPE Officials say the passage of the Dream Act would benefit them by putting them on a path to citizenship, for them to fully feel like this is their home.

These students are called dreamers they were brought to the U.S. illegaly as children and face deportation.
John Michael Torres from the LUPE organization says last week's senate hearing was a huge step for immigration reform.
Many people say the Republican majority in the house may prevent the act from passing this legislative session but groups who are fighting for the act tell us its a big step for what dreams may come.

The Obama administration called the act a priority. LUPE officials say they will continue to make immigration reform their priority... no matter what it takes.

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