Obama Appears to Support the DREAM Act as New Deportations Spare Students

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The Obama Administration has elected to not target students who came to the United States without papers when they were children. In recent cases students in detention and deportation proceedings have been released and the their deportations suspended or canceled. Furthermore, officials have declined to deport students who openly declare that they are without legal status in public protests.

There is a bill before congress known as the DREAM Act that would grant legal status to more than 700,000 illegal immigrants who are high school graduates and came to the U.S. before the age of 16. This bill would allow such individuals a path to citizenship and allow them to attend University.

Students held a week long protest in DC last month ending in a mock graduation ceremony. Hundreds of immigrants wearing caps and gowns declared there illegal status and challenged the government to pass the DREAM Act.