Phoenix DREAM Activist Recognized on Capitol Hill

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Angelica Hernandez being recognized by U.S. Senator from Illinois Dick Durbin

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held its first DREAM Act hearing since the legislation was first proposed a decade ago.
 
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, announced the hearing last week. Durbin was looking to convince Senate Republicans to support the proposed legislation, which would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came into the country as children. 
Durbin used Arizona State University graduate Angelica Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant, as an example of why the DREAM Act should be passed.

Hernandez was invited by Durbin to the hearing to be recognized as an outstanding DREAMer. She graduated from ASU's mechanical engineering school in May as valedictorian with a 4.5 GPA.

"Angelica Hernandez...[was] brought here from Mexico when she was 9 years old," Durbin noted as Hernandez stood. "In high school she served in the Junior ROTC and was president of the National Honors Society."

Hernandez was accompanied by other Arizona students to show support for the legislation, and to also be part of a historic moment for immigrant rights. Hernandez told Fox 10 News she was "excited to be recognized by Senator Durbin."

In spite of the hearing, Republicans didn't show any support for the proposal. They claim, erroneously, that the measure might encourage more illegal immigration.


Texas Senator John Cornyn, committee member, voted for the DREAM Act in 2003 but now has become critical of it, because he feels that it does not address the larger issue of America's broken immigration system.

"It's a Band-Aid, and maybe worse," insisted Cornyn during the hearing. "It will provide an incentive for future illegal immigration." 

Reyna Montoya, an ASU student who was at the hearing, said Cornyn's challenge to the DREAM act was significant since he was not moved by Hernandez's story or Ola Kaso's story, an undocumented student who also spoke at the hearing.

"I think it was essential for him to be there," said Montoya, "because he brought up concerns he had about the DREAM Act, [which at least opens] it up for discussion."

Kaso, an 18-year-old college student, testified on behalf of the DREAM Act and shared her hardships as an undocumented student.

Other top Obama officials such as former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, now Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, were present to defend the legislation,

The DREAM Act passed last December in the then Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. But it was blocked by threat of Republican filibuster in the Senate. 

President Obama is a supporter of the DREAM Act, and just recently U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has called for prosecutorial discretion by ICE agents handling the cases of DREAM Act candidates.

Undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. since they were children and are in school might not get deported, according to an internal memo authored by ICE director John Morton. Still, this new policy doesn't establish a legal status for DREAMers.

Republicans claim the Obama Administration is using proposed DREAM Act legislation as a political ploy to garner Hispanic support for Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.

DREAM Act students offer the same criticism, but they still believe Obama is sincere in his attempt to pass the legislation.

"I'm really hopeful that it will pass," Montoya declared. "It's important that we keep hope, because there are so many people who would benefit from [the DREAM Act]."


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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Former Republican
Former Republican

This Arizona constituent and citizen congratulates Angelica!  We are very proud of you!! Keep up the fight and never, never give up!!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Perhaps it is time she applied for citizenship and stopped waiting for the handout to come.

Jose
Jose

Sheriff Joe needs to raid Hernandez's house and deport her illegal ass back to Mexico!

Bobby
Bobby

What a jerk Durbin is. It would be interesting to find out how many American citizen kids he has recognized on the Senate floor. But then again, he'd have to allow them into the Senate,and during the recognition of Angelica, American citizens were turned away in favor of illegal aliens. Yes, in the U.S. Senate. It's enough to make you want to join the Teabaggers, as the radical left calls them.

John
John

I'd certainly support this if it were revamped to a much more narrow piece of legislation.  I fully agree with Durbin that we need "the best and brightest", and Ms. Hernandez is one of the most compelling cases out there.  But as written, there are far too many loopholes that will apply to far too wide of a group that would fall well beyond the realm of the "best and brightest". 

Without including clear restrictions on potential DREAM beneficiaries from being able to eventually sponsor the "true criminals" that put them in this predicament, it would ultimately reward for those who were responsible for bringing innocent children here.  Even a minimum 10 year wait for sponsoring relatives is no concession.  Cornyn is right in that regard - written as is, it would most certainly send a message to the rest of the world that as long as you can get here, you and your children will ultimately be legalized either directly or through chain migration. There have to be compromises, and if we are to make a special case for legalizing DREAMers, I would think that they should be more than willing to accept significant restrictions on their ultimate ability to take advantage of chain migration, social services, etc. than is normally available to those who played by the rules and came legally in the first place.  

Both sides need to be willing to give a little.  If only someone on either party would be willing to stand up and actually propose some form of legitimate compromise, as opposed to the current status quo of all or nothing.  Until such time, I fear that we're all just going to continue to hear the same talking points from those in Washington who clearly aren't interested in solutions that have a chance of passage anytime in the near future. 

Bobby
Bobby

Dick(names just about right) Durbin, is an American traitor, that happens to be a U.S. Senator that supports Mexico's criminality and neglect of its own citizens. This jackass also voted for amnesty every chance he got. Hey, keep electing him fools, your'e gonna get what you so richly deserve.

Moche8
Moche8

oh right.  They are not going to enforce the Dream Act student demographic?  

Same thing the Obama Justice Department said about medical marijuana dispensaries.Talk is cheap.

Temoc
Temoc

The 2011 ASU mechanical engineering valedictorian is a poster child for the DREAM ACT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

The GOP intends to use immigration as a wedge issue in 2012 as an updated version of their tried and true 'Southern Strategy'. Only by fanning the flames of hate and resentment can they manage to get people to vote against their own interests.

In the latest Gallup poll dated June 22 2011 - 64% of respondents favored allowing undocumented immigrants to remain if they met certain requirements - i.e. learn English, pay back taxes, pay fines, etc.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/148...

Granted Fox 'News' can trot out the latest tendentious poll from Rasmussen or Zobgy. Yet, those organizations are so obviously biased in favor of nativists that the accuracy of their polls questionable IMO.

IMO, though the nativist kool aid drinkers represent 'only' 30-35% of he electorate, their base is more motivated by this issue than the 64% who favor legalization. Hence the standoff.

Bobby
Bobby

What Arizona constituent might that be.  The traitor brigade?

Moche8
Moche8

Why dont you pay for a lawyer and help her to do so?  I imagine you would spend a chunk of money on that.

Moche8
Moche8

Ah yes, the white blight brigade is still  here.......

Moche8
Moche8

You assume that no American kids have been in front of the Senate?  sheesh.  give it a rest Bobby.  Join the Teabagger cult.

Bobby
Bobby

John, why should Americans compromise on their laws? Are they that worthless? Can they be manipulated that easily, especially in favor of foreign nationals, that have marched by the millions in America's cities, while dissing the American citizens that built those cities. The solution John, is to follow the immigration laws Americans have written, and take them deadly serious. Then, people around the world would understand, we mean what we say. Isn't that worthy of a great nation?

Moche8
Moche8

Go back to California.  Why do you want to involve yourself in Arizona politics?  We have enough people like you right in state.  Disgusting supporters of our Neo Nazi senator. Now that, my friend, is a American Traitor.

Bobby
Bobby

"The issue isn't one of hate or resentment, but rather an issue involving the gross derlilection of duty to guard the borders of the U.S. and deport those who enter illlegally. It also involves enabling foreign nationals, illegally in the U.S. to continue in their criminal behavior. Why wouldn't any political party use this. It is, in fact, a duty to the Americans citizenry to use this issue and bring it to light.

Jose
Jose

If she can afford to go to ASU, she can afford her own attorney!

Jose
Jose

You clearly have no substantial argument.

Bobby
Bobby

I'm not assuming anything. People, with camera's right on the scene, saw how American citizens weren't allowed into the "American" Senate, but illegal foreign nationals were. Dickhead Durbin even asked them to raise their hands if they were illegal. this is how far (down) some elected leaders have gone.

Bobby
Bobby

Like I said, as the radical left calls them. Thank you for verifying my assertion.

Bobby
Bobby

Teabagger is nothing but an ugly phrase invented by leftist Democrats, that do things like bite the finger off of people(happen in a Tea Party meeting in California) by leftists that deface churches(Mormon chruch during Ca prop8 vote against gay marriage)leftist democrats that physically attack people during prop.8, rallies for illegal immigration,etc. No one has ever seen this behavior from conservatives. So if conservatives are Teabaggers, you leftist comrades are reds hands down. It's been know for quite awhile anyway.

Moche8
Moche8

Are our immigration laws worthless?  YES.  They do not meet the needs of America, American business or the needs of millions who are law abiding people who just did not get around to filing paperwork because it is such a damn hassle.  This is one area of government that need a total overhaul.

What you are asking for is a police state, Bobby.  One where innocent people will be harmed and all of our rights can be taken away.

Bobby
Bobby

Not according to United States of America, (ever heard of it?) immigration law. . 

bigriggs
bigriggs

You seem confused. As a legal resident of Mexico, her home is there not here. She has been in this country as an illegal for 9 years and should return to Mexico asap. I am tired of ilegal immigrants demanding everything be given to them without any of the proper work countless other millions have gone thru to become legal. Send her back home.

Bobby
Bobby

I'll tell you why you clueless flake. I'm an AMERICAN. That means I'm an Arizonan also. Americans are starting to realize this. It's about time, because being focused on your own state while fifth columnists like yourself try to bring down other American states, is not good.

Bobby
Bobby

Funny, tens of thousands of Arizonans disagree with you as do MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. You don't believe in American laws do you? You're a law unto yourself, aren't you?

Moche8
Moche8

Really Bobby, give it a rest.  We all know you are against immigrants.  Immigration or anything that has to do with Human Rights.  Just stop.  You have become a disgusting troll.  And you do not even live here in Arizona!  Why do you not find a California blog?

Moche8
Moche8

yep, and that out of state tuition she pays helps other students attend at a cheaper rate.

Bobby
Bobby

Sure she does, the typical racist arguement.

Jose
Jose

Who's indentities have these fine upstanding immigrants been paying taxes under?

Moche8
Moche8

Guess we will have to raise taxes on everyone in order to comply with your black and white stance.  We will take people who are paying taxes and put them in jail at taxpayer expense.  For profit prisons PROFIT!  Tax payers lose.

Jose
Jose

The United States has no moral or legal obligation to provide a path for citizenship for these illegal immigrants.

The United States government does however, have a legal obligation to round up and deport illegal immigrants.

There are no gray areas to this issue, it is black & white.

Moche8
Moche8

Human rights.  You clearly do not understand the complexities of the issues here.

Bobby
Bobby

No they do not meet the needs and are a hindrance to fifth columnists like you and people that have illegally entered this nation. You fifth columnist flake you. It doesnt' require a police state to take immigration laws seriously. Democracies around the world do it. Americans rights are being taken away. Those are the innocents.

Bobby
Bobby

Oh, you are such a tricky little devil. I'm not against immigrants. Obviously powers greater than little old me have approved their legal status. I'm against--say it, say it, come on, just try to say it..........illegal.....imm....But you knew that, didn't you?

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