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‘Qué Pasa’ in Immigration: DREAM Act Can’t Wait; More Border Funds; Secure Communities Deports 47K

by Maribel Hastings on 08/10/2010 at 11:11am

La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language daily paper in the US,  joins the chorus of those calling on Congress to pass the DREAM Act, as the Obama Administration affirms its commitment to the bill. Pro-immigrant groups continue to criticize Congress for passing another border bill instead of a real solution, and documents show that 47,000 people have been deported under the Secure Communities program in its 20 months of existence.

The DREAM Act can’t wait. La Opinión (Los Angeles) publishes an editorial titled “The DREAM Act can’t wait” (“DREAM Act no puede esperar”) calling on Congress to pass the bill in question. The editorial board writes:

“The DREAM Act must be passed this year. If this does not happen as part of a comprehensive immigration reform, it should be put to a separate vote or included as part of another bill. But it can wait no longer.”

EFE reports that immigrant youth in New York are conducting three days of demonstrations, starting today, in an attempt to pressure Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) to help push the DREAM Act forward. The bill would legalize undocumented immigrant youth who have completed at least two years of college or enlisted in the military.

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