Vianey Hernandez was crushed.
The young advocate with Action NC's youth group, Dare To Dream, was among the many supporters of the Dream Act hurt yesterday when Senate Republicans blocked an effort that would have given hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants a path to legal residency if they enrolled in college or joined the military.
“It breaks my heart, that my best friend and my little sister are being denied a future. We were all brought here when we were little and this is all we know.”
Jose Canales said “this makes me mad; just because I’m a U.S. citizen I can go to college and friends I’ve known my whole life can’t.
Hector Vaca, a community organizer with Action NC, said the hopes and dreams of millions of youth around the country were crushed as the United States Senate voted 55 to 41 to limit debate and bring the Dream Act to a vote.
"These are not the actions of public servants who claim to represent the will and interests of the American people."
He and other North Carolina advocates were particularly disappointed that Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, voted against the act. She was among five Democrats who joined 36 Republicans in blocking it.
Canales however said this will not discourage him.
"I will work harder to make their American dream come true too. 2011 is the year we make those old politicians in Washington care about us young people.”