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Students rally for DREAM Act

Students, public officials and other supporters rallied in Denver Monday to urge congressional passage of the DREAM Act, which would allow many undocumented youth to obtain residency to attend college or serve in the military.

The proposal, which has been debated for a decade, is back on the front burner with the decision by U.S. Senate leadership to bring it up for debate this week.

(However, Senate consideration of the proposed DREAM Act got tangled up Tuesday in the tussle over repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military. Majority Democrats failed to break a filibuster on a military appropriations bill that also contained the don’t ask and DREAM Act provisions – see story).

The Denver rally was organized by Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Metro Organizations for People, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and other groups.

Speakers at the rally (in order of appearance on the video) included Padres organizer Julieta Quiñonez; DPS Chief Academic Officer Susana Cordoba; Jose, a recent Lincoln High School graduate; Denver Councilmember Paul López, and several other students.