POSTED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 6:50pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 11:58am
The DREAM Act is a bill that could have given immigrants with an American high school diploma, willing to commit to higher education or the military, a path to citizenship.
Any hopes of the DREAM Act being passed were shot down this Saturday.
A Latino advocate, Hector Lopez, says this will stunt growth for El Paso's future.
"Those students, once they graduate have no place in the future of this city. They cannot legally be hired for the future of this community so the options are kind of grim for them," Lopez said.
Lopez says students may be forced to go to countries they hardly know. This might also give them no other option but to work in the U.S. illegally.