Tuesday, June 28, 2005

We Still Have A Dream for My Son's Friend

I just got off the phone with a friend of my son Noel, who is here in the USA as an undocumented resident with his family. He has been here since he was small and only knows life in the US, but upon graduation, is now leaving his family to go to school in Mexico because he is not able to get any financial aid to study here.

His sister is a US citizen as she was born here, and so the parents are staying here with her to ensure she gets a good education. Another family is being torn apart due to the current immigration laws.

I told this young man that many people, including myself were working hard to pass the DREAM Act and the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act. He expressed sincere thanks for our efforts and he said he was sure we would talk again after these laws were put in place.

Again, I was reminded of how personal this whole issue is, and makes me very determined to continue to do all that I can to help others see that a change in order to change our broken system.


At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the DREAM act (by helping students) leave parents of these students exposed to the risk of being "found out" and in jeporady based on current immigration laws?

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Noel Castellanos said...

I spoke to an immigration lawyer today and she said there was no official provision in past drafts of the Dream Act to deal with some kind of 'legal protection' for the families of these kids. But, she also said that every region and state is different about how they handle going after folks. Fear of deportation, while very real is not keeping thousands of undocumented residents from getting involved, knowing that eventually, they could face deportation if our laws do not change. That being the case, it still takes great courage to do something, rather than not taking any action-even action that may result in getting a green card.

Know that right now, the dream act has not yet been reintroduced in this 109th congress, and we are pushing for this to happen. Few politicians are eager to touch any immigration legislation. Keep praying.

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely -- keep praying. Are there ways to keep this in front of the politicians; are there ways to push this into congress? Writing to your congress representative or what? Are there practical steps a middle class white american housewife can help? It's hard to know where to begin or what to do.

At 4:33 PM, Blogger josueencuentro said...

It is nice to see someone blogging about the DREAM Act. Just wanted to let you know that even though the DREAM Act does not prevent the parents of immigrant students from being deported, all versions WOULD protect the confidentialilty of the parents. In other words, students would not have to put their parents in jeopardy to benefit.

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Roberto Iza Valdes said...

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