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President Barack Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton all have said that ICE is targeting criminals, not college students for deportation. Morton sent a memo to ICE officers, agents, and prosecutors on June 17, 2011, instructing them to use discretion on the apprehension, detention, and removal of noncriminal aliens, “particularly if the alien came to the United States as a young child,” graduated from a U.S. high school, and obtained or are pursuing college or advanced degrees. Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, “It’s heartbreaking to see these incredibly bright, gifted people barred from contributing to our country and to our economy.” Still, the Obama administration deported nearly 400,000 people, a record, in 2010. Half had criminal records—and half had none. Despite Obama’s support of the Dream Act, it did not ultimately become law. The bill did pass the lame-duck House in the final days under Democratic control

on a 216–198 vote in December 2010, but came up five votes short of the 60 necessary in the Senate to avert a filibuster. Earlier Dream Act proposals had Republican cosponsors, but only Democrats have signed on to Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s bill in the current session of Congress. Nonetheless, immigration attorney and Cornell Law School adjunct professor Stephen Yale-Loehr sees grounds for optimism. “To me it is similar to the civil rights movement and the environmental movement,” he said. “In the early 1960s there was a lot of agitation and frustration about civil rights, and then Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” and similarly before passage of the Environmental Protection Act of 1970. “The Dream Act students have been very good at mobilizing and marching and advocating and doing sit-ins. Although it’s a painful process that takes a long time, I think that is their best chance of making significant changes, rather than just sitting back and hoping that somebody’s going to do it on their behalf,” he said.

Yale-Loehr represented Dan-el Padilla Peralta when the Princeton salutatorian and classics scholar born in the Dominican Republic was faced with being barred from reentering the United States when he won a graduate scholarship to Oxford in 2006. Padilla later was granted an H-1B specialty visa to be a research assistant at Princeton and now is on an F-1 visa pursuing a PhD at Stanford University. “I was very, very lucky to enjoy this kind of success in my applications,” Padilla said. Some cases, like Padilla’s, make headlines. Harvard sophomore Eric Balderas, brought to the States from Mexico at age 4, was arrested at the San Antonio, Texas, airport in June 2010 as he tried to catch a flight back to Boston. A high school valedictorian and biology student on a full scholarship, Balderas was released after a day and ICE later said it would not try to deport him. Shing Ma (Steve) Li, a City College of San Francisco nursing student who was born in Peru, spent two months incarcerated in 2010 before Democratic Senator Dianne

“The dream act students have been very good at mobilizing and marching and advocating and doing sit-ins. although it’s a painful process that takes a long time, I think that is their best chance of making significant changes, rather than just sitting back and hoping that somebody’s going to do it on their behalf.”

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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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