WASHINGTON — Stay in school. Work hard. Make good grades. If you do those things, you can go to college and earn a good living.
All over America, teachers repeat that mantra in their classrooms. Parents say it, too. So do coaches, bus drivers and Boy Scout leaders.
It’s no accident that as many as 13,000 illegal immigrants are attending college in the United States. Brought to this country as kids, they have become completely Americanized, absorbing the language patterns, habits and dreams of the ambitious among their native-born classmates.
Just as their teachers urged, they stayed in school. They worked hard. They made good grades. They enrolled in college.
But unless Congress passes the DREAM Act, their good behavior may not be rewarded. Any day, they could be arrested and scheduled for deportation to a country they barely know.
That’s what happened to Jessica Colotl, a Kennesaw
State University student who was arrested in March after a routine traffic stop on
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