A Beacon of Hope for Immigrants
by Vandell Park

The future for undocumented immigrants living here in the United States continues to look bleak despite new measures and initiatives that have been announced over the last two years by the Obama administration. On June 17, 2011, the administration presented a ray of hope for those immigrants facing deportation by introducing the prosecutorial discretion measure; on May 11, 2011, the administration reintroduced the DREAM Act bill that would enable children of undocumented parents to have a path to legal status; nonetheless, the consequences of being undocumented or out of status remain a brutally painful experience. However, there is hope for many immigrants who are law abiding, but, who face issues that are problematic with the U.S. immigration system.

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