Illegal students - the phrase itself sounds a misnomer, the new immigration bill would benefit about 1 million students. Almost all of these students having being brought to the US by their parents end up facing an uncertain future after they graduate. while they can remain in the shadows of society till they graduate, they cannot legally work after graduation - not a lot of motivation to stay in school and graduate.
While the bill is the subject of widespread debate, the provision addressing students is popular. Advocates say they will try to add it to other bills moving through Congress if the immigration legislation does not pass.
"I'm going to look for every chance I can find to make this the law," said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., a chief supporter of the idea.
"What we're saying is these kids deserve a chance," he said. "They didn't decide to come to America. Their parents did."
IDEAS: advocates for undocumented students