Undocumented Bay Area Student Thrives

Undocumented college student's dreams of reform

By Damian Trujillo
|  Thursday, Jun 30, 2011  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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Mayra Salvador is taking one of her finals today at San Jose's Evergreen Valley College.

She has dreams of transferring to a four-year university, and contribute to the U.S. economy.

While Mayra has become a student leader at Evergreen, she still has to live in the shadows. Mayra is undocumented.

She knows her stay in this country could be over at any moment, and passage of Arizona's new immigration law deepens her worry.

So Mayra, like thousands of other undocumented college students around the country,  is pushing for immigration reform.

She's hoping for a chance to become a legal resident once she earns her bachelor's degree.

The Dream Act would give her that opportunity, but Congress has been unable to pass it. The proposed bill would allow certain undocumented students who graduate from American high school to earn the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency if they arrived in the U.S. as a minor, they have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment and they are in good moral standing.

Mayra is hoping immigration reform would include provisions that are in the Dream Act, which would allow her to come out of the shadows, and give back to the country that gave her a chance.

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