How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Quote of the moment: The student 'most likely to save the world' on status and studies

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College students and graduates campaigning for passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien MinorsĀ (DREAM) Act, heard yesterday in a Senate subcommittee, staged a mock graduation ceremony this morning in Washington, D.C.

Among those who participated was Mandeep Chahal, an undocumented UC David pre-med student who recently received a last-minute reprieve from deportation to India, along with her mother. The immigrant advocacy group America's Voice tweeted quotes from participants as they spoke, including this one attributed to Chahal:

It scared me, so I told almost no one. I focused on my grades, I thought if I ignored my secret problem, it would go away.

It's been noted that Chahal, who arrived in the U.S. at age 6, was voted "Most Likely to Save the World" by her classmates at Los Altos High School. She and her mother were granted a stay of deportation by the federal government following a