As the school year approaches, still dreaming

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Immigrants Daniel Nino, left, with his mother Patricia Cara from Colombia, get help with documents and filling with the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals applications at Casa de Maryland in Langley Park, Md., on Wednesday Aug. 15, 2012.
Immigrants Daniel Nino, left, with his mother Patricia Cara from Colombia, get help with documents and filling with the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals applications at Casa de Maryland in Langley Park, Md., on Wednesday Aug. 15, 2012.
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After some real talk about education in this country earlier in the show Melissa just concluded the show with an optimistic Footnote on the virtual eve of the new school year. She made reference to an amazing spectacle earlier this week: the incredibly long lines of undocumented immigrants – many of whom were students – hoping to fill out applications for the Obama administration’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which some are calling a DREAM Act-lite. The program grants temporary legal status to these undocumented young people, but not full amnesty or citizenship (as some critics claim).

Almost immediately, the “papers, please” governor took action:

Continuing a longstanding feud with the federal government, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday ordered state agencies to withhold driver’s licenses and other state benefits from young illegal immigrants applying for the Obama administration’s new deportation deferrals.

There will always be people like this, standing in the way, and as Melissa is fond of saying, the struggle continues. But as the school year draws ever closer, we’d like to hear from you and the young people in your lives plan to overcome obstacles and succeed. What are your dreams for the new school year, and for the future of education? Post your thoughts in the thread below, and on our Facebook page!

As the school year approaches, still dreaming

Updated