|They are student government leaders, high school athletes and academic achievers, but they are not United States citizens because their parents brought them here illegally.
"Every year to see them. They have spent their entire educational life here, but when they graduate, they reach a road block," said Steven Rose, president of Passaic County Community College.
Last week, presidents from 11 of the state’s 19 community colleges sent letters to New Jersey’s Congressional delegation urging passage of the DREAM Act, federal legislation that would offer illegal immigrant students a pathway to citizenship.
"There is absolutely no difference between these students and the others, except the others have been here a few years longer," said Rose, who signed the letter.
Others signing the Dec. 1 letter were from two-year schools in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, and Sussex counties. All the presidents had the support of their boards of trustees.