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Long Island Rally Held In Support Of DREAM Act

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Students rally for the DREAM Act at Nassau Community College - Uniondale, NY - Feb 16, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Students rally for the DREAM Act at Nassau Community College – Uniondale, NY – Feb 16, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

UNIONDALE, NY (CBSNewYork) - A rally was held in Uniondale today in support of the DREAM Act.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

The DREAM in DREAM Act is short for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The act would allow a path to legal residency for those who were brought into the country illegally as minors, but are in otherwise good legal standing and graduate high school.

John Vargas is one of 200,000 students in New York State who have lived in the U.S. virtually all of their lives, but are in constant fear of deportation, because they are undocumented.

“Tired of hiding under the shadows of American citizens and they want to go out and have that opportunity that I’m a dreamer and I want that opportunity just like any other citizen in this country,” he told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs outside Nassau Community College on Thursday. “I went through every school system and everything and I learned everything, you know, and I found out when I was younger.”

Deborah Kernan is fighting for their cause.

“This is their home. If you were to send them back to their country, that would be a foreign land,” she says.

Where do you stand on the DREAM Act? For or against? Sound off in the comments section below!

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