The DREAM Act, a bill currently working its way through Congress, is based on a simple premise — that undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children should have the opportunity to remain in the country they have come to call home.

In the service of that goal, the DREAM Act sets out a straightforward path to legal residency. It would make you eligible for permanent resident status if you were brought to the US before the age of fifteen, have lived here for five or more years, have graduated from an American high school, and have been enrolled in college or the armed forces for at least two years.

In the last few days, two individuals’ stories have come to the foreground of the DREAM Act campaign:

On Thursday, the US government announced that it was suspending deportation proceedings against Rigoberto Padilla, a Mexican-born student at the University of Illinois who has lived in Chicago since he was six years old. Padilla, a junior at UIC, became known to immigration authorities after he was picked up by police in a traffic stop in January, and was just six days away from deportation when the government halted the process.

Just as Padilla was receiving that reprieve, however, another young person found herself in his shoes.

Andrea Huerfano is a 24-year-old who has been in the United States since 2001. Her father was seeking political asylum, but he died while his case was pending. Her mother married an American citizen a few years later, gaining citizenship for herself and Andrea’s younger brother, but Andrea had by then turned 18, so she remained undocumented.

Huerfano graduated from Florida State University in 2008, with a degree in international studies. She was paying a traffic ticket last Tuesday when she was taken into custody by immigration officials. Huerfano was active in DREAM Act organizing as an undergraduate, and has worked on a variety of voter education and GOTV projects since graduation.

Padilla’s second chance came as a result of a yearlong campaign on his behalf, and now DREAM Activist, a group set up to push for the DREAM Act, has taken up her cause. You can find out more at their site or on Facebook.

Monday Update | According to a message sent out from the Facebook group Halt the Deportation of Student Activist Andrea Huerfano, immigration authorities have agreed to release Huerfano and give her a six month stay of removal. Details when I get them.