After graduating as an illegal immigrant, a struggle to navigate the system

The Baruch College commencement ceremony set for Wednesday will mark five years since Lesslie Alvarez and Walter Barrientos graduated from the city university’s business school as the first in their immigrant families to attend college, reports WNYC News. But even as they celebrated, they were terrified commencement marked a conclusion rather than a beginning: The two were in the U.S. illegally. When they graduated, it seemed as if the Dream Act would become law and provide undocumented young people like them–who arrived in the U.S. as children–a chance at legal status. But the law repeatedly failed to pass…

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