Late last year, 19-year-old University of Illinois-Chicago student Rigo Padilla became a poster boy for the broken immigration system when officials threatened to deport him for a misdemeanor DUI offense. If Sen. Dick Durbin gets his way, Padilla and other students like him would not have to live in fear. The Illinois senior senator and his colleague Richard Lugar (R-IN) have sent a letter asking Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to halt the deportation of young immigrants who would be eligible for legal residence under Durbin's DREAM Act. From the letter:
Though they are technically out of status, DREAM Act students should not be removed from the United States. The DREAM Act is narrowly tailored to assist only a select group of young people, many of whom came here with their parents at an age when they were too young to understand the consequences of their actions.
Deferred action for DREAM Act students would conserve limited enforcement resources. DREAM Act students are not, and should not be, an enforcement priority for DHS.