Friday, May 15, 2009

Got DREAM? Youth seek change in immigration laws

This youth group is trying to get immigration reform soon. They are graduating from high school and need the DREAM Act, at least. They want to continue their education and attend college and stay and work here. - - Donna Poisl


Carefully unfurling a packet of stickers, Hyunji considers adding the colorful butterflies to the pillow on her lap. Sitting across from her, Mike sifts through a bin of multi-colored Styrofoam cut-outs. The two work together on the hardwood floor, surrounded by tubs of markers, fuzzy pompoms and spools of string.

Oh, and don’t forget the pillows. Half a dozen pillows lie in various stages of decoration around them, each emblazoned with a similar message: “DREAM.”

Both Hyunji and Mike, whose last names are not being disclosed to protect their identities, belong to the Fighting Youth Shouting out for Humanity (FYSH) at the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC) in Albany Park. Since February, FYSH has dedicated itself to the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, a bill that would allow undocumented students to apply for temporary residency after they graduate from high school.
Be sure to read the rest of this story! This is only a small part of it.

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