New York State Youth Leadership Council

Welly’s news round up (2/21/11)


Feb 11


Bringing you the good, the bad, and the ugly of the latest immigration news.


California reconsiders DREAM Act

California is at a point where they could get eligible undocumented immigrants the help that they need. The California DREAM Act will give, under certain provisions, immigrants the ability to apply for financial aid regardless if they are citizens or not, solely based on place of residency.

Senate filibuster defeats DREAM act but fight continues in state legislatures
Many will keep working to have the DREAM Act pass and the fight will continue, but reality is, for the next few years or so, the DREAM Act will not pass congress but with a lot of hard work and dedication, it could be passed in the state form.  If it could happen in UTAH it could happen anywhere.


Windy City daydream

Rahm Emanuel, a man who is known for throwing Latinos under the bus, has tried to alter his image within the Latino community as he seeks to be elected Mayor of Chicago.  He has proposed a scholarship program that would help undocumented immigrant students go to college and calls it the “Chicago DREAM Act” though many blame him for the failure of the federal DREAM act bill last year.

Life after graduation is especially tough for undocumented students
Here lies the story of a girl who, like many of us, found out late in their life  about their citizenship status.  As someone who graduated 3rd in a class of 250 students and beat the odds of a high school with a very high drop out rate, she managed to get into Yale.  But, though given the chance to study at Yale, she could have the experience other Yalies would.  Unable to travel and provide certain documents to do many activities that Yale provided, all she could do was attend school and hope for the best.  But as of now, 22 years old with a degree from Yale, all she can do is sit at home, unemployed, unable to drive, unable to strive towards anything, all due to her citizenship status.


Utah Bill revoking in-state tuition for undocumented students advances
Utah Rep. Carl Wimmer (R-Herriman) passed his bill to revoke in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants in a packed committee hearing. Utah is one of 11 states that currently offers in-state tuition to undocumented students.

APALA Responds to Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Immigration Proposal: Time to Address Failed Immigration System

As we take a look at the last year and the failure of the DREAM Act, many have broken down and lost all hope while others are on the verge of finding answers and choose not to give up.  Many organizations and programs have found small ways to help us undocumented immigrants.  But while there was an upside to this story, we also had many downsides.  Arizona passed a law allowing officials to basically profile anyone they believe is undocumented and violate their rights along with Virginia trying to change the 14th amendment.