Local 'DREAMers' have questions on new immigration policy and Romney's stance

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A standing-room-only crowd packed into the local DREAM Act headquarters Thursday night for a forum on the Obama administration's new deferred action immigration policy.

The so-called "DREAMers" came with long lists of questions. They all want to know when the policy will take effect, what documentation they will need, and who will and will not qualify.

"Everyone was celebrating on Friday and I think right now everyone is reflecting as to what it all means," said Angelica Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant who was brought here at age 9. She went on to graduate valedictorian from Arizona State University's Engineering school last year.

One question on a lot of the DREAMers' minds: What happens if Mitt Romney is elected president in November?

"It's definitely a fear, I mean Romney has voiced he doesn't support the DREAM Act and would veto it, so it's definitely concern," Hernandez said.

Romney addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials n Orlando Thursday and said, if elected, he would "replace" President Obama's new plan with a long-term solution.

"As president, I won't settle for stop-gap measures," he said. "I'll work with Republicans and Democrats to build a long-term solution." he vowed to "prioritize efforts that strengthen legal immigration."

"I believe he's changed his tone a lot," said Phoenix immigration attorney Jose Penalosa, who was part of the immigration forum Thursday night.

Still, Romney was vague on what the details of his long-term plan would be.

"We're just waiting, because we don't know what he's going to come up with, what his plans are. so we're just a little bit nervous," said Alma Cruz, one of the DREAMers who attended the forum.