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Pro-immigration groups, which had hoped that the sympathetic stories of young people trapped by their parents’ decision to come to the United States might be the driver of an immigration overhaul, have rallied behind the measure, even as their hopes for comprehensive reform have crumbled.

“The Dream Act’s motivation may be political, but it is also the right thing to do,” said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, a group of evangelical Latinos.

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A 16-year-old student at Global Community High School in Las Vegas said she is eagerly awaiting the Senate vote.

“If the Dream Act passes, it is like a door that opens for me and I would say, ‘Yeah, I am going to go to college,” said the student, who came to the United States illegally with her parents from Mexico. “If the Dream Act comes true, it would be like a real dream.”

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