Dreamers celebrate, but say fight is not over

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 16 at 10:14 PM

PHOENIX -- Rosa Ramos got the news in an early morning text message: "White House grants relief from deportation to Dreamers."

"I had no words to describe my feelings," she said. "Happy, excited that opportunities will come my way."

Ramos' story is similar to many of the estimated 800,000 young people the new immigration policy change will impact.

She was just four years old when her parents came to Arizona illegally,and has known no other home than South Phoenix.

She says she only understood that she was "undocumented" when she got to high school and her friends started getting drivers licenses and part-time jobs, and she could not.

"I graduated top five percent," she said. "And I couldn't even get a scholarship for being top of my class."

Now 21, she's spent her time since high school attending classes at South Mountain Community College and volunteering.

"I'm so excited to finally go to school and take more than two classes a semester, to just be able to do something with my life," Ramos said.

She realizes the new policy change, which will allow undocumented youth who meet certain criteria to get a work permit, is not a cure-all.

President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security said definitely that the change is not a pathway to citizenship, which is what Ramos and the other Dreamers really want.

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