By Allison Hurtado - May. 20, 2010 06:43 PM
The Arizona Republic
Hundreds of people gathered at the state Capitol on Thursday to advocate for Congress' passing the Dream Act.
A band played to a group of students and teachers as they painted signs and spoke to passers- by about the measure.
The Dream Act, introduced to Congress in 2001, would create an opportunity for undocumented high school students who have been raised in the United States to become citizens.
Such students would have to complete high school and at least two years of post-secondary education or serve in the armed forces. The students would be allowed to apply for grants and scholarships and would be granted citizenship only if they demonstrated good moral character.
Students believe the passing of the act is the first step toward immigration reform and the best way to allow college-bound undocumented students to achieve their dreams.
They hope the Dream Act will pass in mid-June before SB 1070 goes into effect.