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FROnT Lines

By christopher connell

Keeping the Dream Alive

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With the federal dreaM act stalled in Washington, the dream of college education is alive in some states but not others.

N tHE LASt DAY OF AUGUSt and first day of classes at the University of Rochester,

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The federal DREAM Act aims to provide a pathway to legal residency for undocumented students. State Dream Acts aim to provide instate tuition for undocumented students, which is not related to immigration status.

freshman Albert Ngobeni went downtown to the bus station to retrieve a bag lost on the trip from his Indiana hometown. He was wearing a college T-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes, with the silver high school class ring on his finger. He speaks without an accent and apart from the African surname, nothing hinted he was from anywhere other than the Midwest. But when the Border Patrol stopped him in the Rochester bus station and asked if he was a U.S. citizen, Albert told them he was originally from South Africa but had been living in this country since age 5 on the visa of his father, an occupational therapist. They made the 19-year-old wait while they checked an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) database, and when they couldn’t find him in there, took him into custody and brought him to a federal detention center in Batavia, New York, where he spent six days and nights until his family posted a $5,000 bond.
Maryland were added to that list in 2011, and Rhode Island did it by action of its Board of Governors for Higher Education (Opponents of the Maryland law, which provides for in-state tuition first at community colleges, then at four-year campuses, quickly secured tens of thousands of signatures on petitions to put the statute on hold and force a November 2012 referendum). California, long a Dream Act state, just made its undocumented students eligible for need-based Cal Grants and Illinois created a private scholarship fund for its students. But Wisconsin repealed its instate tuition statute, Indiana barred undocumented students from paying legal residents’ tuition rate, and Alabama barred such students from its colleges and universities altogether. Texas was the first state to enact an in-state tuition law back in 2001, signed by then-new Governor Rick Perry, now a Republican presidential hopeful. Perry’s rivals hammered him after he stood up for the Texas Dream Act in a debate and declared, “If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart.”

It was not how the soccer midfielder and aspiring pre-med student with a half-dozen Advanced Placement credits and a $20,000 merit scholarship expected his college career to start. He knew his parents were still trying to get green cards and his own legal status was in limbo. He was aware there might be risks—border patrol agents twice questioned passengers including his mother on the bus they rode together a week earlier from Indiana—“but I didn’t think I’d actually be detained. I don’t have a criminal record. I’ve been a pretty good kid. I honestly didn’t think I’d be a high priority for them to catch.” But Albert was in a predicament faced by thousands of undocumented immigrants’ children, pawns in a bigger battle being fought over immigration laws and policy in the halls of Congress and state capitals. The federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would provide a pathway to legal residency for undocumented college graduates and those who serve two years in the military, remains mired in Congress as it has been for the past decade. A dozen states have laws allowing undocumented residents and graduates of their high schools to pay in-state tuition. Connecticut and

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International Educator - January/February 2012

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International Educator - January/February 2012
Contents
From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Voices: Rollins College President Lewis Duncan
Finding a Home in Higher Education
Promoting Peace Th Rough Partnerships
New York University Becomes a Global Network University
International Education Fairs
Education Abroad
A View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - January/February 2012 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2012 - Contents
International Educator - January/February 2012 - From the Editors
International Educator - January/February 2012 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2012 - Front Lines
International Educator - January/February 2012 - 5
International Educator - January/February 2012 - 6
International Educator - January/February 2012 - 7
International Educator - January/February 2012 - 8
International Educator - January/February 2012 - 9
International Educator - January/February 2012 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2012 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2012 - 12
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International Educator - January/February 2012 - Voices: Rollins College President Lewis Duncan
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International Educator - January/February 2012 - Finding a Home in Higher Education
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International Educator - January/February 2012 - Education Abroad
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