From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Dozens of immigrant students, many wearing caps and gowns, held a mock commencement on Capitol Hill last week in support of pending federal legislation that could help them earn real college diplomas. The high-school students, all undocumented immigrants, came from as far away as Texas and California. For two hours, they turned the Capitol's west lawn into a multicultural echo chamber. A hip-hop song boomed from a loudspeaker, followed by "Pomp and Circumstance" and "The Star-Spangled Banner." Korean-American students played drums. One student read aloud "A Dream Deferred," by Langston Hughes. The gathering was both a celebration and a call for help by some of an estimated 65,000 undocumented immigrants who will graduate from high schools this spring. Many of the ceremony's participants said they could not afford college, or perhaps even remain in the United States, unless Congress passes S1545, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the Dream Act.


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