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The future of millions of undocumented students hangs on the lame-duck Congress

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Sup. John Avalos says the DREAM Act recognizes the contribution immigrants make to the community, and to the creation of economic opportunities for everybody. "Immigrants here support themselves and their families across the water, so it makes sense that we make proper investments and support," Avalos said. "Education is one way to make the world a more stable place."

Sup. David Campos, who came to the U.S. from Guatemala as an undocumented teenager, sees the DREAM Act as a piece of commonsense legislation.

"It's so modest," Campos said. "Even those who are against comprehensive immigration reform should be for something that recognizes that young people, who came here not by choice but because of their parents' issues, should be given a chance to give back."

Campos said his father was able to gain legal status for his whole family because of his employment, but that many undocumented youth aren't so lucky.

"We open the doors to our public schools, we invest in their education, and then, when they are ready to give back to us, we say, 'No, we don't want you here,'" Campos said. "The best and brightest, the risk-takers, come here. As a country, we cannot go forward unless we realize that this influx of creativity and entrepreneurship made this country what it is."