Students rally for DREAM Act passage

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Undocumented students and supporters rally at the Roybal Learning Center in Los Angeles, Sept. 20, 2010, in favor of the DREAM Act (Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act), a piece of proposed federal legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship.

Students all over the Los Angeles area held several events this week to push Congress to pass the DREAM Act.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined undocumented students and supporters Monday at the Roybal Learning Center in L.A. to urge the U.S Senate to pass the DREAM Act.

Mayor Villaraigosa said the legislation would give “high–achieving young people the opportunity to fulfill a dream.”

The DREAM Act (Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) is a piece of proposed legislation that would grant legal status to undocumented students who were raised in the United States continuously for at least five years, graduated from an American high school, obtained a GED or joined the military.

Villaraigosa said the DREAM Act would result in lower dropout rates because students will have an incentive to get an education.

The rally was attended by dozens of students who shared their stories.

“For almost 10 years undocumented youth have been at the forefront of the movement to pass the DREAM Act, and now we are closer than ever to making out dreams a reality, and we will continue to organize and endure the passage of the DREAM Act,” said Nancy Meza, an undocumented UCLA graduate.

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