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Students to rally for Dream Act

September 22, 2009 | 11:38 am

Students in Los Angeles and around the nation will hold rallies, news conferences and letter-writing campaigns Wednesday to raise awareness about the Dream Act, legislation that would give undocumented students a path to citizenship.

Some of the local events include a rally at Pomona College, a petition drive at Bell Gardens High School, a forum at UCLA and a press conference at Los Angeles City Hall.

The Dream Act would offer a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who have served in the military or completed two years of higher education and who have lived in the United States for at least five years, entered the country before age 16, graduated from high school, compiled no criminal record and demonstrated "good moral character."

Groups that favor stricter controls on immigration oppose the act and helped lobby for its defeat in the Senate in 2007.

-- Anna Gorman