Life without papers getting less onerous

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Life without papers getting less onerous

For immigrants, more opportunities for education, work
Durango High School senior Alex Rodriguez works at a fast-food restaurant and has a weekly radio show on KDUR on Thursday nights featuring regional Mexican music. He has met the criteria to avoid deportation under new federal rules.
Gerardo Xahuentitla works as a DJ during Salsa Night on Thursday evening at the Starlight Lounge. Some undocumented students are hesitant to talk about their private life, he said, but others have been vocal. “There were Dreamers (referring to the Dream Act) coming out, putting a face on the movement,” he said.
Immigration explained

Immigration reform: The national discussion about resolving the status of 11 million people who entered the country without documentation or who overstayed legal entry.



A “gang” of eight senators, four Republicans and four Democrats, including Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, are tackling the issue. On the list of broad issues are eventual citizenship, secure borders and strong verification of legal status for employment.



The DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act: A process to allow students who came to the country as undocumented minors to earn legal status. Candidates must have no criminal history and must complete two years of college or military service.

Deferred action: An order by President Obama to give students two years of protection against deportation in order to get a Social Security number, which allows them to work, get a driver’s license and study.

Colorado ASSET: State-specific legislation to allow undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition instead of the out-of-state rate, which is three times as much.

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Life without papers getting less onerous

Durango High School senior Alex Rodriguez works at a fast-food restaurant and has a weekly radio show on KDUR on Thursday nights featuring regional Mexican music. He has met the criteria to avoid deportation under new federal rules.
Gerardo Xahuentitla works as a DJ during Salsa Night on Thursday evening at the Starlight Lounge. Some undocumented students are hesitant to talk about their private life, he said, but others have been vocal. “There were Dreamers (referring to the Dream Act) coming out, putting a face on the movement,” he said.
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