Dream Act

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Andrea Sampedro is a 22-year-old international student from Colombia. She is currently attending the English Language Program at the University of North Florida. 
She has been in the United States for a little over a month and loves the country. 
She said she likes President Obama because the press coverage in Colombia makes him look like a very smart president who cares about America.
The issue she is most interested in is the Dream Act. She says she hasn’t heard the two candidates talk about it at all and she believes it needs to be passed into a law because it would benefit students who have lived in the United States since they were young. 

“It is so unfair to send these students back to a country that they don’t know anything about, they don’t even speak the language,” said Sampedro.  

Over three million students graduate from U.S. high schools every year and about 65,000 of them do not get the opportunity to achieve their dreams because they hold the title of an illegal immigrant. 

“I know this law wouldn’t benefit me because I just came here, but I strongly support it and feel these students should be given the opportunity to become professionals and contribute to society and the economy,” Sampedro added. 

Sampedro, focused on learning the language, is closely following this election.
By Margie Castro.  

    What issue matters most to you in the upcoming election? Tell us here on The 12, or tweet your response using #VoterVoices

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    floridaelects:

    Andrea Sampedro is a 22-year-old international student from Colombia. She is currently attending the English Language Program at the University of North Florida. 

    She has been in the United States for a little over a month and loves the country. 

    She said she likes President Obama because the press coverage in Colombia makes him look like a very smart president who cares about America.

    The issue she is most interested in is the Dream Act. She says she hasn’t heard the two candidates talk about it at all and she believes it needs to be passed into a law because it would benefit students who have lived in the United States since they were young. 

    “It is so unfair to send these students back to a country that they don’t know anything about, they don’t even speak the language,” said Sampedro.  

    Over three million students graduate from U.S. high schools every year and about 65,000 of them do not get the opportunity to achieve their dreams because they hold the title of an illegal immigrant. 

    “I know this law wouldn’t benefit me because I just came here, but I strongly support it and feel these students should be given the opportunity to become professionals and contribute to society and the economy,” Sampedro added. 

    Sampedro, focused on learning the language, is closely following this election.

    By Margie Castro.  

    floridaelects »

  2. statepress:

Front page for Tuesday, August 28
Three thousand DREAMers and supporters lined up for a Deferred Action Application Clinic-Workshop at Central High School Saturday morning. DREAMers are a group of undocumented immigrants who were recently denied public benefits such as scholarships. (Photo and story by Ana Ramirez)

    statepress:

    Front page for Tuesday, August 28

    Three thousand DREAMers and supporters lined up for a Deferred Action Application Clinic-Workshop at Central High School Saturday morning. DREAMers are a group of undocumented immigrants who were recently denied public benefits such as scholarships. (Photo and story by Ana Ramirez)

    statepress »

  3. univisionnews:

    Students like Mejia, 18, could be eligible for relief under the DREAM Act.

    By UNIVISION NEWS

    A Virginia teenager scheduled to be deported just days after her high school graduation was granted a last-minute reprieve on Monday afternoon, according to the Washington Post.

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  4. State Sen. David Schapira (D-Tempe) was interviewed by 12News at Tempe High School on Friday about Obama’s DREAM directive. He posted this photo on his Facebook, and said:

After the interview, I met a young man named Alejandro, who was on his way home from summer school. He overheard the interview and told me that he and his brothers are undocumented. I explained what the president did today, and he began to grin ear-to-ear. The look of newfound hope on his face made me incredibly proud of our president and our country today.

Other lawmakers in the state were not in favor of the president’s new plan. Rep. David Schweikert (R) called it “backdoor amnesty.” He said in a press release:

“While President Obama asks the Department of Homeland Security to ‘look the other way,’ I ask him to respect the rule of law, and get back to focusing on putting 23 million unemployed Americans back to work.”

    State Sen. David Schapira (D-Tempe) was interviewed by 12News at Tempe High School on Friday about Obama’s DREAM directive. He posted this photo on his Facebook, and said:

    After the interview, I met a young man named Alejandro, who was on his way home from summer school. He overheard the interview and told me that he and his brothers are undocumented. I explained what the president did today, and he began to grin ear-to-ear. The look of newfound hope on his face made me incredibly proud of our president and our country today.

    Other lawmakers in the state were not in favor of the president’s new plan. Rep. David Schweikert (R) called it “backdoor amnesty.” He said in a press release:

    “While President Obama asks the Department of Homeland Security to ‘look the other way,’ I ask him to respect the rule of law, and get back to focusing on putting 23 million unemployed Americans back to work.”

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