Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, said his group, which advocates reducing immigration, would vigorously oppose the bill. "This act basically creates the path for their parents to become citizens," said Beck. "They're using the kids as a battering ram to get a full scale amnesty bill through."

Most students say they keep their status to themselves, sharing it with teachers only when they must. Jaime Martinez, a guidance counselor at Westbury High School, said he learns of the cases as college application time approaches. "Of course they feel frustration," he said. Graduating from college is the first obstacle, he said. "What is there for them to do after that?",0,4559982.story

By Sumathi Reddy -- New York Newsday

Roy Beck

Updated: Mon, Jun 22nd 2009 @ 11:31am EDT