Children who arrived in the United States as undocumented immigrants would have a special path to permanent residence status under the “Dream Act” sponsored  in the Senate by Richard Durbin (S.729) and in the House by Representative Howard Berman (H.R. 1751).  The bills would “permit States to determine State residency for higher education purposes and . . . authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children.”  A New York Times piece this week by Julia Preston, “Illegal Immigrant Students Take up a Cause,” describes several recent cases that have been a focus for student activism on this issue.