‘Dreamers’ consider next step in education

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Hundreds of so-called “Dreamers” came to Suffolk County Community College Friday for the Long Island Dreamers Conference.

The students from 15 Long Island high schools in attendance learned about their options for the next step in their education.

“Dreamers” refers to those who would benefit from the DREAM Act, an unapproved bill that would allow immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children to remain in the country if they meet a certain criteria.

Moises Lobo, a senior at Patchogue Medford High School, says he came to the U.S. three years ago as an undocumented immigrant from Honduras. He told News 12 that he wants a “better future” for his family.

“I would like to study mechanical engineering,” he says. “I have many goals.”

Christopher Adams, of SCCC, called the community college “a beacon for all students on Long Island, especially undocumented students.”

“We want to be known as that college where they can come and get a great two-year education…We really feel like a life-changer for those students,” he says.

Friday’s conference comes as President Donald Trump has amped up his rhetoric against the migrant caravan that is still hundreds of miles away and slowly moving closer to the U.S.-Mexico border. The president’s recent anti-migrant messages have saddened Aitana Marca, who attended the conference.

“Trump is focusing on the bad side and not the other side, like people that want to be successful,” she said.

Republican Rep. Peter King says we have to control the borders.

“They may be poor. They may be struggling, but the fact is there's a long line of people who are doing it the right way,” said Rep. King.

Lobo says despite Trump's stance on immigration, he and his fellow students are going to keep moving forward.

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