The movement gained new supporters in 2010, when Congress debated but did not pass the DREAM Act — legislation that would have granted legal status to young immigrants living illegally in the country.
President Barack Obama announced in June his deferred-deportation program allowing young immigrants to apply for work visas. During his State of Union address in February, Obama called on Congress to quickly pass sweeping immigration measures.
Associated Press writers Erica Werner in Washington, Claudia Torrens in New York, Elliot Spagat in San Diego and Kate Brumback in Atlanta contributed to this report. Burke reported from San Francisco. Follow Luis Alonso Lugo and Garance Burke on Twitter at www.twitter.com/luisalonsolugo and www.twitter.com/garanceburke .
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