Lauren Rosenfeld
The San Francisco Chronicle
September 22, 2010

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The path to legalization for thousands of undocumented students has once again become less clear, as the Senate voted 56-43 on Tuesday against a motion to proceed with a defense appropriations bill that would have been used to move the DREAM Act through.

Some 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools every year. The DREAM Act, which Senator Harry Reid planned to attach to the defense bill, would provide an opportunity for those graduates to gain permanent resident status.

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“They are valedictorians, honor students, and all they want to do is go to college and contribute back to society, but because of current laws, they can’t do that,” said Lisa Chen, a community advocate with the Asian Law Center in San Francisco.

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