Illegal immigrants speak out in Maine

Posted Nov. 12, 2010, at 5:12 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Illegal immigrants are speaking out in Maine in support of federal legislation they say would make it easier for them to become legal residents.

Two young women from Massachusetts and a young man from Maine who are in the U.S. illegally spoke out Thursday to urge Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to support the so-called DREAM Act. The act would let high school graduates who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children become legal residents after spending two years in college or the military.

Twenty-five-year-old Selvin Arevalo moved from Guatemala to Portland at age 14 in search of a better life. He now faces deportation.

He said there are hundreds of thousands of people in his shoes who came to the U.S. as children and deserve a chance to stay.

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