"It's kind of frustrating," says Jaime Torres, the co-chair of the
student club of undocumented students at San Francisco State, who was featured in
on the bill. Torres (who's name we've changed due to his fear or
deportation) was brought here by his parents from Mexico when he was
one. He now now is majoring in microbiology, though doesn't know if
he'll legally be able to work upon graduating -- or afford medical school. "You really wonder, is it going to be like this forever? Are we just going to have a
generation of people who are outcasted from society?"
Torres said he and other students had called Republican Senators
Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett of Utah in support of the bill, and passed out
fliers on campus urging other students to do the same. Yet Torres had watched as
the Senate had voted against debating the bill in 2007, and said
today's vote was mere deja vu.
getting hopeful again," Torres said of Reid's announcement he'd pursue the DREAM Act as an amendment to the defense bill. "You're all hopeful and it doesn't pull
A midterm exam kept Torres from a protest outside of Sen. Dianne
Feinstein's Post Street office today, timed to coincide with the vote.
Supervisor John Avalos and District 6 Supervisor candidate Jane Kim
showed up along with about 50 undocumented students and community
leaders, said Lisa Chen of the Asian Law Caucus.
Chen says she is not yet counting this "procedural vote" as a loss. "It
was not a test of the DREAM Act. It's just a small setback. This is just
encouragement to keep fighting in the next couple of weeks. [Senator
Reid] said he was going to make it a reality by the end of the year.
We're going to hold him accountable."
Good luck with that.
Photos | Asian Law Caucus.