January 30th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Undocumented students in limbo during immigration negotiations

(CNN) - As Washington lawmakers try to hammer out an immigration reform plan, millions find themselves caught in the middle, including many students.

With protestors outside, President Barack Obama threw his support behind comprehensive immigration reform on Tuesday while speaking inside a Las Vegas high school with a majority-Latino student population. Some 1.8 million young people could apply for "deferred action," an executive order Obama signed last year that allows people who entered the country illegally as children to remain and work without fear of deportation for at least two years. But the policy change doesn't apply to everyone in their families. One 16-year-old girl said, "It's like being out in the cold and me having the only blanket in the family."

Some undocumented students are trying to get an education now, despite uncertainty about what job prospects or additional educational opportunities will be available to them in a couple of years. For now, they're keeping one eye on their studies, and one on the immigration debate.



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  1. Kaitlyn Weaver

    I support the DREAM Act because its designed to help deserving people.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
  2. David

    Honestly,in my own opinion i think this Dream Act is good. The reason being is because we are all human beings we should all be treated equal. So why have immigrants be different. They should stay in the United States and not be punishe dfor nothing that they can't control.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  3. Mike

    Obama needs to do something about immigration immediately. If this problem goes unsolved again, I will give up on Obama. These children need to worry about college and future plans and not deportation.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
  4. Devin

    The DREAM Act is a great idea and if Obama doesn't like it, let's deport him back to Kenya or wherever.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  5. Nicole Zabel

    No, I don't think illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the United States. Yes, they might be contributing to society in some way and people say that we would just deport them if they did anything wrong or bad but I don't think its that simple.We're not going to keep a watchful eye on them all of the time and if they couldn't do it legally then theres no reason for them to stay here.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  6. Hannah Logan

    I believe that Obama is doing the right thing backing up this issue. Many illegal immigrants came here without a choice. I believe as Americans we should allow illegal immigrants to try and become American citizens. American is about being free and helping others that are less fortunate.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  7. Brooklynn McLaughin

    I believe the DREAM Act is a good idea because it gives immigrants that weren't going to possibly have a chance of going to college, the chance to go. This is good because it gives them the chance to become a citizen and be a good citizen at that.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  8. Emerald

    These kids should not have to worry about deportation! They should be worrying about college acceptance letters and drama at school. These kids are getting punished for something that they did not get the choice to do. Why send them back when there is a hope for them stay in the United States?

    January 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm |