Perhaps no other issue exemplifies the liberal slant of the Times than the paper's warm, unquestioning, unjournalistic embrace of the Dream Act  and substantial coverage of its puny protests .
Isabel Castillo was counting on the Dream Act, and when the Dream Act was defeated in December, it upended her dreams.
"Of course, I cried," she said.
The Dream Act would have given legal status and a chance for citizenship to people like Ms. Castillo - illegal immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age (Ms. Castillo was 6) and then went on to attend college (Ms. Castillo, now 26, graduated magna cum laude).
Winerip bragged on Castillo for no longer being "invisible," someone who "may have received more media coverage than anyone else in Harrisonburg (population 45,000) that year" and "interviewed by everyone from Brent Finnegan of hburgnews.com to the public radio host Bob Edwards."
At the law school, she was one of three speakers at a public-interest class and later a student social-action club. It was Ms. Castillo who captivated the students. She was their age, she dressed like them (when they had to look like lawyers rather than students), she spoke as they spoke and had the same quick intellect.
She could have been one of them.
She told the story of being arrested for taking part in a sit-in at Senator Harry Reid's office. They wanted to know how she could risk being so public.
"I believe the more public you are, the safer you are," she said.
Especially when bathed in the warm and sympathetic spotlight of the New York Times.
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