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Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. CHU. When I first got elected to Congress, I brought on a bright young man as an intern in my office. He was the student body president of Rio Hondo Community College. Ernesto was so sharp, so hardworking, so positive, with a deep desire to make America better and to use his education to make that happen.

When he told me he was accepted to UCLA, I was so excited. But then he gave me the bad news. He learned he was undocumented. This after growing up most of his life right here in Los Angeles. He wasn't eligible for student loans. And despite all his efforts, he couldn't afford UCLA.

Without the DREAM Act, Ernesto can't afford the tuition, and might lose his status as a student if he can't find help. Ernesto is one reason out of hundreds of thousands across the country as to why we can't wait another day. Let's make the DREAM Act a reality.


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