From Christmas to March, Mario was sitting in a Georgia detention center. Though he’s been in the United States since he was a baby, he was forced to spend Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day away from his family, friends, and his bride-to-be, Brandy.

Following the DREAM ceremony on Capitol Hill, 200 Undocumented Youth are now walking up Pennsylvania Avenue to hold a rally at the White House.

Over 200 DREAMers, wearing caps and gowns, will present the Deportation Class of 2011 in a ceremony at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill today. Speakers include Senator Durbin, Jose Antonio Vargas, undocumented young Pulitzer Prize winner and Mandeep Chahal.

Twenty-one-year-old Angelica Hernandez stood proudly when Sen. Dick Durbin introduced her to his colleagues Tuesday as the 2011 valedictorian of the mechanical-engineering class at Arizona State University. But even as the Phoenix resident was being acknowledged for her accomplishment, she was being publicly identified as an illegal immigrant in front of federal immigration officials.

Senator Richard J. Durbin spoke to a crowd of capped and gowned young people, pumping then up with encouraging words as sustenance for their journey ahead. “When I look around this room, I see America’s future,” he said.

Growing frustration with illegal immigration, rising public debt and an effective Internet campaign to gather voters’ signatures have put Maryland conservatives on the cusp of a victory to delay and possibly repeal a new law that would give undocumented immigrants in-state college tuition breaks.

Paul Bridges leans toward his desk, picks up the phone and punches in a number with the fast, laser focus of a man on a mission. The mayor of this tiny town in South Georgia is ready for battle — and looking for a new weapon.

Ultimately, New York enacted gay marriage because the issue became personal. Legislators previously opposed to gay marriage and key Republicans previously uninvolved both moved into the “yes” camp out of personal relationships with gay and lesbian family members.

Controversy in South Carolina after Governor Nikki Haley signed an illegal immigration bill into law. Opponents say it opens doors for racial profiling, but others say it may be bad for business. Ron Edwards at Springs Farm in Fort Mill is two months behind pruning peaches.

As DREAMers in Washington, DC, were preparing to introduce America to the “Deportation Class of 2011,” a number of brave undocumented students in Atlanta, Georgia took a stand for their community as they protested the state’s latest set of draconian immigration laws.