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January 31st, 2012
03:12 PM ET

College student worries about fate of Dream Act

Brooke sits down for an emotional interview with college student Mayra Hidalgo.  Mayra is in the United States illegally, and supports the Dream Act for its capability to provide her with an eventual path to legal status.  But Mayra says she worries about the GOP candidates and what could happen to the Dream Act under a Republican administration.

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  1. Bob Klemick

    I found Ms Hidalgo's attitude both disgusting and pathetic. Especially her response to serving in the military or performing in some kind of national service. She is illegal, a law breaker, and yet feels the U.S. has some kind of obligation to her so she can become a lawyer, doctor, or whatever, such attainments being her contribution to the country. No, these are benefits of becoming a legal citizen, among many others. Ms Hidalgo just doesn't want to put any of her skin in the game, no dog in the fight. She just wants. My dad was a legal Russian immigrant who joined the army WW1 to become a naturalized citizen, me and my three brothers all joined the army as soon as we could, (all regular army) not only as an obligation, but also as a sense of duty. This pathetic illegal, with the disgusting attitude, does not deserve the benefits of U.S. citizenship.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  2. Frederick C. Bronson

    I wonder why she supports the dream act?? If I was here illegally I would also support some thing that would give me a free pass, a free ride. If these people loved this country so much, loved it li,e they said they do they would respect the laws and leave on their own then come back legally, and they do have family left down there, so let's not go there and we know they speak spanish as we had to teach them English in our schools.
    Frederick Bronson NC

    January 31, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  3. River67

    Mayra like many people her age, were brought her very young by her parents, it was not her choice. However, not only is it her parents' 'fault' if you will, but a government, a system, that allows her to attend school and grow up here. It is unfair to deport children like her who grew up here, this is all she knows, the language, the friends, the customs. I don't believe for a minute that a government that is capable of fighting wars, sending people to the moon and accomplishing all kinds of technological feats, is not able to contain it's borders. It's just politics, plain and simple. People like Mayra are not to blame, and she deserves a chance. And since you're talking about 'respecting the laws'- how about rich farmers and corporations start complying with our laws and offer our citizens a salary that is decent and allows them to make a living- it's easier to use cheap labor, isn't it?? Unless you're a Native American, your ancestors came from 'somewhere else' as well Mr Bronson. I wonder why your ancestors, which were probably English, didn't stay in Europe.........you never know, don't be so quick to judge.

    January 31, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  4. Jaycee

    In Canada, situations like this were dealt with on a "case by case" basis, not by a blanket change to the existing immigration law. If after extensive investigation the conditions for "Humanitarian and compassionate grounds" are met, the illegal individual may be allowed to apply for legal status.

    January 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  5. George

    Brooke, Thank you for the interview report today. I sat there and watched it and it touched my heart. I'm an educator myself and I'm sure her instructors do not care what her "STATUS" is when they teach. I feel the same way. This is a prime example of a "person" wanting to make her dream come true. What is wrong with that? I have an heart, why doesn't Washington have one?

    February 1, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  6. anitrepublicanantinaziiiii

    @frederick bronson. i bet if you were in their shoes, you wouldnt be talking like this...these are humans too. whats wrong with people these days that dont have compasion, a heart. Dont be so selfish! You sound more racist to me. ill let god take care of you and every person that thinks laike you. John 8:7 "If any one of you is without sin, let him/her be the first to throw a stone at her." so dont tell me you have never committed a crime at some point in your life. youre not the right person to judge anyone. Keep your words to yourself!

    February 1, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  7. Karen Schellin

    Mayra and her parents are criminals. They stayed here illegally and should be deported immediately. For 20 years her parents have presumably worked here and either paid no taxes or, if they did pay taxes, they did so with stolen identities and social security numbers. Not reporting income on money earned in this country (and thus paying no income taxes) and stealing identities are both illegal subject to criminal prosecution and if they aren’t already should be grounds for immediate deportation. They should be grounds to deny the person the right to ever become a legal citizen. Both infractions are also patently unfair to legal citizens who pay taxes and other potential immigrants seeking to enter the country legally. Mayra (and possibly her parents) continues to break the law and endanger others by driving without a license and probably without auto insurance. Many legal citizens of this country function without a driver’s license without driving illegally. How does Mayra feel she has the moral character to be an attorney when she unapologetically breaks our country’s and state’s laws?
    Now Mayra feels she should be able to attend our universities (funded in part by taxes of our legal citizens) and “earn” her way to citizenship by becoming a doctor or lawyer. Many legal citizens of this country would like to be able to get that kind of education. Many do not have the financial means to afford that amount of schooling since our legal citizens have paid taxes their entire working life, not to mention paid for their own family’s and the illegal immigrants health care costs. Mayra and her parents should be promptly deported

    February 1, 2012 at 3:55 am |
  8. Hope Alone

    It's a shame that the dream act hasn't passed. This isn't just about being humane, it's about common sense. Those who like Mayra managed to not only stay out of trouble w/ such status but also are exemplary civilians, deserve a chance at getting legal. For those with rhetorical comments like the law is the law etc. should just quit... This is a solution, those who qualify get a shot at getting right with the law, that's what they want. And as this article read, "... eventual path to legal status." i

    February 1, 2012 at 4:01 am |
  9. Hope Alone

    cont'd... is key as this is not a free ticket. First of all, those who apply must meet several requirements. And even if everything is already met, it is at least a six year wait at a shot to become a citizen. In other words, it's not a "free ticket", it's a "ticket" that must be earned.

    February 1, 2012 at 4:08 am |
  10. Daniel Holt

    Kids that come here a no fault of their own, who inherited their parents illegal status should be given a chance, These are just Kids who want a education and be Excepted... Dreamact2012

    February 1, 2012 at 6:44 am |
  11. Linda Lee

    Brooke I can't believe you gave this woman air time. She is unwilling to serve in the military? She is Unwilling to wait years for citizenship like everyone else. She feels entitled and Clearly expects free and/or discouned schooling that I as a Latina who is a natural born citizen can not. She will obtain government loans using a fake social security to go to medical school. You gave her an open door, not one question from you was relevant to the fact she is ILLEGAL. If she is unwilling to serve in any capacity in the military only proves she's not ready to be a citizen. Until she can find proof self evident she's not ready to be a citizen of the USA. I am Latina, an American born citizen who is not Mexican or Cuban and do not feel bad for her one bit. I would be a lawyer right now if I had her medical care, her education and benefits to continue school. Next time Brooke don't feel sorry for her. Question her reasoning because it does not make since to me. I live in CT and get harassed for being Latina and I'm a citizen. I have 3 degrees I paid loans for and can not continue school because I can not afford to go to school to finish yet she believes she can have a Dream Act to freeload in a way citizens can not. My family migrated here and some are still waiting their turn but have green cards. Tell me why should I feel bad for this girl? This interview made me so angry.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:27 am |
  12. sickbirds

    The CNN reporter made this out to be new and newsworthy. The illegal alien girl has been giving the same teary eyed interview for at least two years.
    I think the news here is that she has admitted her guilt and that of her parents and she even admits that she drives illegally without licence or insurance, but she is still free to commit her crimes and brag about it with no legal action taken by our government.
    Although wrongly legal in our weak minded society, he girl virtually stole $6,000 or more year for her K-12 education, and very likely free health care and food stamps.
    And now she wants college scholarships, citizenship, and for us to leave her criminal parents alone.
    She is not willing to accept any penalty for her parents and her crimes.
    What garbage.

    February 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  13. sickbirds

    Addendum
    Just discussing this interview with some friends and there may be an upside. Since Hidalgo did not come off sympathetic at all she may become the poster girl for defeating any illegal alien amnesties that supporters come up with in congress.
    I am though disappointed in CNN for not seeking out and running actual news stories and basically giving a long time shill for illegal alien welfare a soap box.

    February 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  14. ZunarJ5

    Of course you know Ms. Baldwin, you are now an accessory to a crime. Hope you're please with your lawbreaking self.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  15. Sad

    Undocumented in Kindergarten...we will teach you English
    Undocumented in Middle School...we will teach you that anything is possible
    Undocumented in High School...we will encourage honors classes, the ACT and applaud your dream of becoming a nurse
    Undocumented in College...we will allow you to pay tuition, buy books, attend football game and graduate at the top of you class.
    Undocumented College Graduate with a BS in nursing…we will not allow you to take the state nursing exam. We will not provide you with a pathway to become documented. We will sell you the American Dream when you are 5. We just won’t let you achieve it.

    February 2, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  16. sickbirds

    In response to Sad

    Undocumented in Kindergarten...we will teach you English....Cost to tax payers $5,000

    Undocumented in Middle School...we will teach you that anything is possible...Cost to tax payers...$50,000

    Undocumented in High School...we will encourage honors classes, the ACT and applaud your dream of becoming a nurse..Cost to tax payers...$32,000

    And this is for education only. We need to add in free health care and food stamps.

    Undocumented in College...we will allow you to pay tuition, buy books, attend football game and graduate at the top of you class. Cost to Americans – one American was not accepted.

    Undocumented College Graduate with a BS in nursing…we will not allow you to take the state nursing exam. We will not provide you with a pathway to become documented. We will sell you the American Dream when you are 5. We just won’t let you achieve it...Hopefully cost to taxpayers – one bus ticket out of the country.

    February 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  17. Bekah

    All the news wants to talk about is the dream act and how it "could" help the illegal immigrants, what about the legal children who are here and can't work, have to rely on parents to pay for college, unable to get scholarships, and on some visas [like the one i am on] the children age out once they reach 21, have to go on a student visa and pay out of state fees for school, when in fact they have been here for 5+ years.

    If the government came up to me and my brother and said if you want a green card do two years in the military, i would jump at it so quick.

    the government needs to realize, legal immigration is bringing money to the country, illegal immigration is costing the country money.

    The dream act is just in fact a dream. If it does pass, alot of legal immigrants will leave the country.

    February 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  18. Carolyn

    Brooke,
    Would you update us on the story about Mayra Hidalgo. My heart goes out to this lovely girl. Why should she suffer for what her parents did by bringjng her to OUR country illegally. I wish her the best and hopefully she can follow her dream of a higher education.

    February 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  19. Elizabeth

    Maybe...just maybe if you would let them attend college and get legalized these students could LEGALLY obtain a job, PAY TAXES, and NOT DEPEND ON FOOD STAMPS. Illegal immigrants are your number 1 source of cheap labor here in the U.S. Maybe if they were not paid minimum wage (or sometimes below it) they might be able to stop needing government assistance. FYI illegal immigrants cannot obtain unemployment benefits. Even if they have no social security number, the American government gives them a tax identification number so they can LEGALLY declare taxes every year. Illegal immigrants are used for CHEAP LABOR...this is why Homeland Security has not deported all of them. It is also the same reason that illegal immigrant students are denied a college education. The government knows that if all these students get a degree, there will be no one to work in the fields, construction, restaurants, landscaping, and janitorial jobs. AMERICA DOES NOT WANT TO LOSE THEIR SOURCE OF CHEAP LABOR.

    February 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  20. sickbirds

    Elizabeth
    You don't seem to understand that the only reason some in our government and the private sector and most American Citizens put up with illegal aliens and their children at all if for the cheap labor. They are not wanted here or needed for anything but the most menial jobs and frankly with our current unemployment even the lowest paying jobs are a valuable asset to Americans.
    It would be a unthinkable to use our tax money to help to educate illegal aliens and their children.

    February 12, 2012 at 11:16 am |

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