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Commentary: Republicans should discuss the DREAM Act tonight

LA School Report | September 16, 2015

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By Antonio Villaraigosa 

Wednesday at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Republican presidential candidates will gather for their second debate. One issue that should come up is the 2 million “dreamers” — young immigrants who came to America as children but are ineligible for federal support to attend college.

They include people like Jesus Casas, who graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 2007 with excellent grades and was accepted into several top universities. Sadly, he could not attend any of them because he was ineligible for financial aid. Today, Jesus works several jobs to pay for community college where he is training to be an electrical engineer.

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