The Common Good

Undocumented and Unafraid: American DREAMers

This January, four immigrant college students from Florida began a fifteen hundred mile pilgrimage, "risking their future because the present is unbearable" (Matos, 23, in interview). Their ultimate destination was Washington, D.C. as they advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that would include the DREAM Act. The DREAMers (as potential recipients are called) arrived this week, joined by a contingent from New York completing their own 250-mile walk to Washington.

The DREAM Act would grant permanent residency to students who immigrated as minors, exhibit good moral character and complete two years of college or military service. President Obama voiced his support for this bill in a speech delivered to the National Council of La Raza as a presidential candidate in 2008, "The system isn't working

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