Washington, DC ­ On Thursday, July 27, a group of students who would be affected by passage of the “DREAM Act” came to Washington, DC to plead their cases before Congress. The “DREAM Act” (S. 2075) is a bipartisan proposal that would enable U.S.-raised immigrant students to pursue higher education and earn U.S. citizenship.

Despite their status, these students (list attached) are currently attending or have graduated from college. Even though they have made great accomplishments, these students will be forced to take their talents elsewhere and leave the U.S. due to current law. In their visits with members of Congress, these students will argue that the “DREAM Act” is common sense legislation that deserves urgent consideration. For these students, next year may be too late.

Here is a list of the students


Dan-El Padilla Peralta: This year’s Princeton salutatorian, Dan-El came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at the age of 4. Hailed as the likely “classicist of his generation” by his professors, he nevertheless is undocumented. He plans to leave the U.S. in August to study at Oxford and faces being unable to return for at least 10 years.


Mario Rodas: An honors student from Guatemala, Mario was brought to the U.S. at the age of 12 and now lives in Boston. His case has garnered enormous community support and was granted a 6-month reprieve. However, unless Congress acts this year, he faces a court date in December where he could face a final order of deportation.


Adeola: Adeola was brought to the U.S. from Nigeria at the age of 1. Without any financial aid or scholarships, she managed to put herself through college at the University of Michigan and now has an Engineering degree, but she has been unable to get a job or join the military because of her immigration status.

Carlos (Pseudonym): Carlos was brought to the U.S. from Guatemala at the age of 11. He graduated 5th in his high school class and graduated from Baruch College in May, majoring in industrial organizational psychology with a minor in communication studies.


Sandra (Pseudonym): Sandra came to the U.S. lawfully at the age of 5 to visit relatives in Los Angeles and New York one Christmas. During this trip, Sandra’s mother learned that she was pregnant and that her child would be born with birth defects. She was advised that the trip back to Mexico could complicate the birth, and so Sandra’s younger sister was born in the U.S. prematurely and with serious health problems. Fearful that they would not be able to receive proper medical treatment in Mexico, her parents remained in the U.S. Sandra, now 21, graduated from Queens College in May. She hopes to become a lawyer one day.


Kathy (Pseudonym): Kathy came to the U.S. at the age of 3. Her parents moved the family from Colombia to New Jersey, wanting to escape the violence in Colombia. Kathy, a devout Evangelical Christian, has been an active church youth leader since high school and recently graduated from Nyack College, a Christian college in Rockland County, New York, with a degree in social work.