Dream Act deferred

Community college leaders were hoping the Dream Act would motivate immigrant students to enroll in college as a path to legalization. The bill died in the lame-duck session and there’s little hope to revive it in 2011.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  As more students seek affordable education and job training at community colleges, states look for higher education funding cuts in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California.

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  1. The DREAM act’s ten-year window and the lack of requirements to prove eligibility essentially make it a “get-out-of-immigration-enforcement-free” program.

    Are younger illegal immigrants going to become college graduates if they’re currently illiterate and speak no English?  Probably not.  But they’ll have ten more years of “putting down roots” (or anchor babies) to claim hardship instead of going home.