Dallas Morning News Story Feature – June 24, 2012

More than a hundred people crammed into a Catholic Charities office last week to ask detailed questions about how to benefit from an unprecedented plan to give work permits to certain young illegal immigrants.

Among the advice: Stay in school, graduate and keep all school documents.

President Barack Obama announced the measure June 15, and it may cover up to 1.4 million young people who were brought into the country illegally by their parents, according to analysis from two nongovernmental research centers. Tens of thousands of those young immigrants live in Texas.

Members of this population identify themselves as “dreamers” — high school and college students and graduates who would have benefited from unsuccessful federal legislation to grant a pathway to citizenship if they came to the U.S. innocently but unlawfully with their parents.

The legislation is known as the DREAM Act, or the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. For a decade, it failed to pass Congress, despite a passionate campaign by undocumented students who were willing to identify themselves with their names and narratives…CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE