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Reading grad travels to Washington to try to pass DREAM Act

Bernard Pastor (Source: Facebook) Bernard Pastor (Source: Facebook)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite efforts by Cincinnati teenager, Bernard Pastor, the DREAM Act did not pass the Senate, it was five votes shy.

One of those no votes came from Ohio Republican Senator George Voinovich who met with Pastor Saturday afternoon before the vote.

Pastor says he wanted to speak Voinovich to tell him his story about his family moving here when he was three and his involvement with church, school and the community.

Pastor was released from Morrow County Jail Friday night after being detained as an illegal immigrant for more than a month. Pastor's immigration case was given a deferred action status, meaning his deportation is delayed for one year.

On Sunday, supporters spoke out about Pastor's fight.

"This isn't just about him, this is about the 70 thousand students that graduate from our high schools around the country every single year that are just like him," says Leo Pierson with Ohio's LULAC.

Pastor has become the national face of young illegal immigrants and says he is disappointed the DREAM Act did not pass but he is confident immigration reform is close.

"Everyone recognizes the fact that immigration reform was inevitable, it's going to happen we just don't know when. I told [Voinovich] that ‘Why not now?' It's been way too long, it's time for a change and to make a difference," says Pastor.

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