July 19th, 2010
07:33 AM ET
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Supporters of immigration reform proposal head to Washington

(CNN) - Supporters of a proposed law that would give young illegal immigrants an opportunity to become citizens are planning to begin several days of lobbying Monday in the nation's capital.

"In out heart and minds, we feel that we're Americans," said Matias Ramos, 24, an illegal immigrant who is among activists from across the country gathering in Washington this week to put their faces on the fierce debate over immigration reform.

Ramos said he supports the DREAM Act, which offers illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 the chance to become lawful permanent U.S. residents if they meet certain conditions, including graduating from an American high school, having lived in the U.S. for at least five years and attending college or joining the military.

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  1. Karen

    Maybe they should head back to their home countries. Maybe they should stop being lawbreakers.

    July 19, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  2. jp,michigan

    If illegal immigrants feel they are Americans, then follow the letter of the law. Apply for citizenship. What kind of role model do they become for others, especially their children, when they have been breaking the laws? I can understand their frustrations, but they too must understand ours. As an American we must to survive follow the Constitution and the laws of our land. It is an ethical and moral issue, not a political one!

    July 19, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. Greg Pottstown PA

    The feds should go to this rally and start arresting illegals. Who cares what age they were when they ILLEGALLY entered the US? They are criminals, end of story.

    July 19, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. michael MN

    My lobbying will be with my vote – any one wants ANY type of amnesty , dream act – any tax money going to encourage more illegals crossing our border will lose my vote – Obama gave the Dems the kiss of death by taking on Arizona

    July 19, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |

    they'll get no where with the monkey grabbing voted getter. He will give amnesty to all the illegals who are here illegally. IT IS A CRIME OBAMA, DUMMIY.

    July 19, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Tim from Tampa

    Stop all the needless fighting and spending. There is no "REFORM" needed. Simply enforce the existing laws.

    July 19, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. Tim from Tampa

    Isn't it amazing to see an admitted illegal alien, Ramos, openly speaking out against OUR government? He is ILLEGAL. Why is he not immediately arrested and deported? The laws are on the books... Enforce the law. ILLEGAL!

    July 19, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. Keith in Austin


    We all know that your biggest political objective is to capture the votes for the Democrat Party that Immigration Reform provides but PLEASE think about what's best for current American citizens for a change OK

    July 19, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. sensible Cape Coral FL

    The only ones who have a right to complain about immigration are the American Indians.

    July 19, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. jim

    We've been through this before under the presidency of Regan.We gave amnesty to millions of illegals and were told this would solve the problem.But it didn't and millons more illegals came.Why don't these people marching on Washington march themselves back to where they came from and stand in line like so many others that go through the immigration process legally?

    July 19, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Illegal immigration needs no reform. It only needs the US government to enforce the existing laws, and stop ignoring their duties and responsibilities, on illegal immigration.

    July 19, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |