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North Carolina DREAMers to "Come Out" at Rally

Supporters of the DREAM Act, some wearing graduation gowns, listen to testimony by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, during the Senate subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security hearing.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Supporters of the DREAM Act, some wearing graduation gowns, listen to testimony by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, during the Senate subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security hearing. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)  (AP)

Undocumented students in North Carolina will publicly declare their immigration status during a rally Tuesday to protest laws making it harder for them to get an education.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the rally will be held at Central Piedmont Community College.

Rally organizer Domenic Powell says high school- and college-age youths will risk deportation in what he referred to as a "coming out" rally, culminating with a march at the college.

The students call themselves "dreamers" after legislation in Congress known as the DREAM Act, which would give a pathway to legal status to young, educated undocumented immigrants without criminal records.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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