Pushing for immigrant Dream Act to come true
Friday, November 12th, 2010
Advocates for immigrants are making one last push for the Dream Act before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives next year. The bill would put immigrant students on track for citizenship if they attend college or serve in the military.
House and Senate Democratic leaders say they will use the lame-duck session of Congress to put the bill up for a vote.
Maria Marroquin, an undocumented immigrant from Peru, arrived in the U.S. when she was 13 years old. She recently earned her associate’s degree from Montgomery County Community College, and wants the Dream Act to become law.
“That’s the only way I can continue my education to transfer to a four-year school,” she said. “My dream is to be a lawyer, but I can’t do that until the Dream Act passes.”
The Dream Act is popular among Latino voters, who are credited with helping the Democrats maintain control of the Senate. Both Sen. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania support the Dream Act. Sen.-elect Pat Toomey said he doesn’t know enough about the bill to have an opinion.