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Dreamers watch newly-proposed bill

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Under a sign that reads 'The Center for Multicultural Education Welcomes You,' two UNI students and Dreamers study hard with the hope that one day it will be the United States of America that officially welcomes them.

Laura Roman Jimenez was four when she and her mom came from Columbia on a visa. It expired, but they stayed. Laura lived under the radar until she became a Dreamer.

"The fact that I could drive a car. I got my work permit, so I could work. I got to pay taxes which was really exciting for me. I loved paying taxes, I thought it was really fun," recalls Laura.

Laura has watched closely and lobbied for a path to citizenship, the one thing DACA doesn't provide.

This week, a federal judge put up yet another roadblock for President Trump's plan to end the DACA program.  A second judge, this time from New York, ruled the Trump administration did not provide "legally adequate reasons" for wanting to end the program. 

This ruling, combined with a California judge's ruling, may mean the program could continue past the looming March 5 deadline, set by President Trump.

With the deadline just weeks away, senators, including Iowa's Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, have announced a proposed bill that they say, if passed, the president will sign. 

The bill would create a 10-year path to naturalization for Dreamers.  Laura says it's a start,  but citizenship still seems out of reach.

"At some point, it is like, will it ever be enough? They keep on asking more and more of me, and I try to do a lot of great stuff. I am working. I am going to school. I am doing a lot of volunteer events. I don't know that I will ever be good enough of an immigrant to be accepted," said Laura.

The bill is now being debated by the Senate. Republican leaders hope to have it passed by the end of the week. The House would need to then pass it, for a chance at President Trump signing the bill into law.

Senator Chuck Grassley says the bill would also give the government time to secure borders and revise immigration processes during the 10-year period.

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