Undocumented students celebrate new status and prepare for political fight over immigration reform

Dana Salinas said the fact that she was undocumented really sunk in during high school when she needed a social security number to get college credit for the college courses she’d taken. “You don’t have one,” her mother, Tamara De La Garza, told her.  Salinas, now 19 and a student at Austin Community College, recently was approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — the Obama Administration program launched last summer that gives certain undocumented immigrants temporary protection from deportation.  She was among a roomful of immigrants who came to Austin’s Equal Justice Center on Wednesday to celebrate getting DACA approval and learn about how the federal immigration reform bill could affect their lives.


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