RACINE - Hundreds of southeast Wisconsin youth boarded a bus to Washington D.C., to lobby Congress to pass the Dream Act.
The legislation would allow children of undocumented immigrants, who came to the U.S. with their parents, a chance to live and work here without fear of deportation. And it would likely allow a path to permanent residency.
Students at Horlick High School in Racine left Tuesday afternoon with some of their family members and supporters in the community. They said they're hoping their presence in D.C. gets the attention of congress.
They were joined at a rally before leaving by Racine Mayor Cory Mason and other community supporters like Diane Lange, who is a retired teacher at Horlick.
"It’s powerful," she said. "I believe what we do today creates a history for tomorrow. These students are fighting for what they know is important. I totally support them."
He said while in D.C., they are hoping to get House Speaker Paul Ryan's attention. They will join thousands of people from around the country who plan to rally in D.C. on Wednesday.
"People are coming out of the shadows and we’re showing that even though we are threatened to go back into the shadows, we won’t, we refuse to do that," said Yessica Ramirez, a junior at Horlick High School.