Congress failed again last month to corral the needed votes to put the DREAM Act back on the table -- and the fallout looks something like this:
Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Lee was on a successful trajectory; she had graduated from
Lowell High School - the city's most prestigious public high school -
last year and was planning to study social work at UC-Berkeley.
That was until she found out that she and her 16-year-old brother, Felix, a junior at Lowell, are being deported Jan.19. after a decade of living in San Francisco.
The two teens and their mother, Melissa, lost their claim for asylum and are now being forced to go back to Peru.
The DREAM ACT, about which we wrote a cover story
last summer, would give immigrants who came to the United States as
children and attend college or join the military, a pathway to
The two Lee teenagers and their mother were granted a humanitarian stay until
this month -- and immigrant activists are hoping this gives them enough time to help.
Mission Dolores church, where the family has attended services for years, contacted immigration activists who are packing the pressure on authorities to grant the family another stay while they pursue other avenues of becoming legal residents.