Korean-American immigrant Jong-Min grew up in New York, earned his college degree in the United States and works at his family’s grocery shop in Brooklyn. But because he was born outside U.S. borders, Jong-Min, 31, who is undocumented, cannot live what he considers a normal American life.

“Being undocumented is like living in an invisible prison; you’re trapped there behind these invisible bars,” Jong-Min said.

After the U.S. Senate shot down the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act or DREAM Act, Jong-Min and other members of the New York State Youth Leadership Council, an organization that lobbies for immigrant youth, are pushing for a similar bill in the state legislature.