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    Another example of flawed US immigration laws. Why wouldn't we want these kids to further their education?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...11303641.html?sub=AR

    Filling the Void After High School

    Staff Helps Student Pursue Visa as Haven Ends With Gradution


    By Michael Alison Chandler
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, January 14, 2008; Page A01

    Marcelino Benitez said his best academic year was 12th grade. He got all A's and B's, learned to install heating and air-conditioning systems in a vocational training program and won a college scholarship. But unlike many of his classmates, he dreaded graduation. After that ceremony, the Mexican immigrant had a diploma from Virginia but still lacked the other documents he needed to make his way in the United States.

    "I was thinking, 'After high school, I am done. This is the end of me,' " recalled the 2006 graduate of Dominion High School in Sterling. "Without my Social Security card, I thought I was never going to be anybody."

    For illegal immigrants, public school is a rare refuge. There's no requirement to prove legal immigration status to enroll in school. But the transition into the adult world can be abrupt. About 65,000 illegal immigrants graduate from U.S. high schools every year, unable to work legally and often unable to afford college without access to in-state tuition or government-backed financial aid, according to the Urban Institute.

    These students pose special challenges for guidance counselors and other educators. Some have scouted out ways to help undocumented graduates pay for college. A few have sought to open more doors for promising students, delving into the maze of immigration law and attempting to help them legalize their status.

    Benitez, now 21, found help from two parent liaisons and a guidance counselor who run a homework club at Dominion High for English language learners. They contacted their congressman and hired an immigration specialist to speed up his stalled resident visa application.

    Nearly two years later, after spending about $10,000 and more than a year back in Mexico, Benitez has a fresh visa pasted into his passport. Now he is back in Northern Virginia, ready to pursue more skilled jobs in construction and eager to earn a degree in psychology or theology.

    "I can finally do what I want to do," he said.

    The Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that undocumented students have a right to public education. Although some officials in Northern Virginia have pushed to limit access to services for illegal immigrants over the past year, many schools in the region have instead worked harder to make all students feel welcome.

    "This is a safe haven for kids," said Taryn Simms, one of the liaisons who helped Benitez. "Whether they are documented or undocumented, they didn't have a choice to come here, and they have to come to school."

    The main hallway at Dominion High is lined with flags representing the more than 70 countries in which its students were born. The largest immigrant group is from El Salvador. Others come from elsewhere in Latin America, and many recent immigrants have settled into the townhouses and apartments of eastern Loudoun.

    Like other schools in the area serving immigrant communities, Dominion High is a hub for social services. Many schools offer computer training or English classes to parents. They also connect families to food banks or medical care.

    In the classroom, teachers hold all students to the same standards and encourage everyone to pursue higher education. They say they are technically not allowed to ask students about their residency status, but the subject tends to come up in conversations about the future.

    Educators often don't know what students' residency situation is "until they end up in your office crying," said Kevin Terry, a guidance director at Dominion High.

    Among those facing barriers are some of the highest achievers. A recent graduate from Osbourne Park High School in Manassas finished her senior year among the top students in her class and received a prestigious award from the faculty.

    Her college applications would have shown that she was a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society and student government, but she delayed her college plans because she lacks a current visa.

    Teachers at the school are trying to help the 18-year-old Salvadoran get into college by contacting people at local universities and researching scholarships. "We have even investigated getting her name attached to some sort of bill in Congress," said Anita Al-Haj, director of the English for Speakers of Other Languages program. "We are trying everything in our power to help her."

    ESOL teachers in Prince William County are developing a standard curriculum for their 13,000 students to explain clearly the path to graduation and the options afterward for documented and undocumented students. They plan to include a unit on immigration law.

    Such systemwide programs targeting undocumented students are unusual, however. Most efforts come from individual teachers or counselors hard-wired to help students succeed, as they encounter individual children in need.

    At Annandale High School in Fairfax County, history teacher Eleanor Shumaker, now retired, became the legal guardian of a Somalian student in the late 1990s who came to the United States illegally and alone and had become homeless. More recently, a counselor at Yorktown High School in Arlington County, who declined to give her name, sheltered an immigrant student in a spare bedroom so she could graduate from high school.

    Benitez came to the United States with a friend when he was 15, hoping to join his mother in Loudoun. After walking across the desert for a day and a night, he was picked up in a small truck packed with other border-crossers and driven to Phoenix. "They just lay you down like cigarettes, one after another one," he recalled. From there, he made his way to Northern Virginia.

    He started ninth grade a few weeks later. He recalled long days trying to comprehend rapid-fire lessons and late nights working at Wendy's, where he earned money to send to younger siblings in Mexico and to help his mother pay medical bills. He applied for a resident visa early on as a relative of his stepfather, a U.S. citizen.

    At Dominion High, in 10th grade, he joined the homework club and got to know Simms and Terry, along with Duke Butkovich, another liaison hired by the school system to work with parents or families to help students succeed. They reviewed his assignments slowly with him to help him understand.

    They saw how hard he was working and tried to help him in other ways. They invited his mother and stepfather to visit the school, offered him free school supplies and encouraged him to enroll in the vocational program.

    At first he was wary of their attention. When one of them would sit down at the lunch table next to him, Butkovich recalled, he would say, "Why do you always pick on the Hispanic table? Why don't you pick on the white people?"

    They didn't relent. They started following him. He often saw them cheering at his soccer games or waving to him in the hallway.

    Over time, he trusted them more and was grateful for their offers of help. His mother and stepfather moved to Manassas in his junior year, and he rented a room in Sterling so he could finish the vocational training. Simms and Butkovich helped him move, and the school's vice principals and some teachers chipped in to furnish his rented room, buying him a bed and sheets and towels.

    Butkovich and Simms met with U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) and asked him to look into the student's immigration case. Wolf's staff discovered that his visa application had been filed improperly, causing a long delay. The Dominion staff hired an immigration specialist who helped him refile the forms and added a letter detailing his accomplishments.

    A month after graduation, Benitez had an interview at the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

    Butkovich raised money from church friends, relatives, even a neighborhood bunco group to pay for a round-trip plane ticket and expenses while Benitez was in Mexico. What they thought would be a one-week visit took 14 months.

    Benitez stayed with his younger siblings and grandparents south of Mexico City, working on a family farm and on odd construction jobs. Throughout the year, Butkovich or her friends or relatives sent care packages and money.

    In November, Benitez received word that his application had been approved and he could return to the United States as a legal resident.

    "We're all so excited we can't stand it," Butkovich said when she heard the news.

    Shortly before Christmas, Benitez flew to Dulles International Airport.

    When he stepped off the plane, he was greeted by his Dominion High friends, who were holding signs saying "Welcome Home" and "This Way" and carrying a winter coat for him. They marveled at how tall he had grown. He smiled and flashed his new visa, with an inky stamp that read "Admitted."

  • #2
    Another example of flawed US immigration laws. Why wouldn't we want these kids to further their education?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...11303641.html?sub=AR

    Filling the Void After High School

    Staff Helps Student Pursue Visa as Haven Ends With Gradution


    By Michael Alison Chandler
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, January 14, 2008; Page A01

    Marcelino Benitez said his best academic year was 12th grade. He got all A's and B's, learned to install heating and air-conditioning systems in a vocational training program and won a college scholarship. But unlike many of his classmates, he dreaded graduation. After that ceremony, the Mexican immigrant had a diploma from Virginia but still lacked the other documents he needed to make his way in the United States.

    "I was thinking, 'After high school, I am done. This is the end of me,' " recalled the 2006 graduate of Dominion High School in Sterling. "Without my Social Security card, I thought I was never going to be anybody."

    For illegal immigrants, public school is a rare refuge. There's no requirement to prove legal immigration status to enroll in school. But the transition into the adult world can be abrupt. About 65,000 illegal immigrants graduate from U.S. high schools every year, unable to work legally and often unable to afford college without access to in-state tuition or government-backed financial aid, according to the Urban Institute.

    These students pose special challenges for guidance counselors and other educators. Some have scouted out ways to help undocumented graduates pay for college. A few have sought to open more doors for promising students, delving into the maze of immigration law and attempting to help them legalize their status.

    Benitez, now 21, found help from two parent liaisons and a guidance counselor who run a homework club at Dominion High for English language learners. They contacted their congressman and hired an immigration specialist to speed up his stalled resident visa application.

    Nearly two years later, after spending about $10,000 and more than a year back in Mexico, Benitez has a fresh visa pasted into his passport. Now he is back in Northern Virginia, ready to pursue more skilled jobs in construction and eager to earn a degree in psychology or theology.

    "I can finally do what I want to do," he said.

    The Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that undocumented students have a right to public education. Although some officials in Northern Virginia have pushed to limit access to services for illegal immigrants over the past year, many schools in the region have instead worked harder to make all students feel welcome.

    "This is a safe haven for kids," said Taryn Simms, one of the liaisons who helped Benitez. "Whether they are documented or undocumented, they didn't have a choice to come here, and they have to come to school."

    The main hallway at Dominion High is lined with flags representing the more than 70 countries in which its students were born. The largest immigrant group is from El Salvador. Others come from elsewhere in Latin America, and many recent immigrants have settled into the townhouses and apartments of eastern Loudoun.

    Like other schools in the area serving immigrant communities, Dominion High is a hub for social services. Many schools offer computer training or English classes to parents. They also connect families to food banks or medical care.

    In the classroom, teachers hold all students to the same standards and encourage everyone to pursue higher education. They say they are technically not allowed to ask students about their residency status, but the subject tends to come up in conversations about the future.

    Educators often don't know what students' residency situation is "until they end up in your office crying," said Kevin Terry, a guidance director at Dominion High.

    Among those facing barriers are some of the highest achievers. A recent graduate from Osbourne Park High School in Manassas finished her senior year among the top students in her class and received a prestigious award from the faculty.

    Her college applications would have shown that she was a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society and student government, but she delayed her college plans because she lacks a current visa.

    Teachers at the school are trying to help the 18-year-old Salvadoran get into college by contacting people at local universities and researching scholarships. "We have even investigated getting her name attached to some sort of bill in Congress," said Anita Al-Haj, director of the English for Speakers of Other Languages program. "We are trying everything in our power to help her."

    ESOL teachers in Prince William County are developing a standard curriculum for their 13,000 students to explain clearly the path to graduation and the options afterward for documented and undocumented students. They plan to include a unit on immigration law.

    Such systemwide programs targeting undocumented students are unusual, however. Most efforts come from individual teachers or counselors hard-wired to help students succeed, as they encounter individual children in need.

    At Annandale High School in Fairfax County, history teacher Eleanor Shumaker, now retired, became the legal guardian of a Somalian student in the late 1990s who came to the United States illegally and alone and had become homeless. More recently, a counselor at Yorktown High School in Arlington County, who declined to give her name, sheltered an immigrant student in a spare bedroom so she could graduate from high school.

    Benitez came to the United States with a friend when he was 15, hoping to join his mother in Loudoun. After walking across the desert for a day and a night, he was picked up in a small truck packed with other border-crossers and driven to Phoenix. "They just lay you down like cigarettes, one after another one," he recalled. From there, he made his way to Northern Virginia.

    He started ninth grade a few weeks later. He recalled long days trying to comprehend rapid-fire lessons and late nights working at Wendy's, where he earned money to send to younger siblings in Mexico and to help his mother pay medical bills. He applied for a resident visa early on as a relative of his stepfather, a U.S. citizen.

    At Dominion High, in 10th grade, he joined the homework club and got to know Simms and Terry, along with Duke Butkovich, another liaison hired by the school system to work with parents or families to help students succeed. They reviewed his assignments slowly with him to help him understand.

    They saw how hard he was working and tried to help him in other ways. They invited his mother and stepfather to visit the school, offered him free school supplies and encouraged him to enroll in the vocational program.

    At first he was wary of their attention. When one of them would sit down at the lunch table next to him, Butkovich recalled, he would say, "Why do you always pick on the Hispanic table? Why don't you pick on the white people?"

    They didn't relent. They started following him. He often saw them cheering at his soccer games or waving to him in the hallway.

    Over time, he trusted them more and was grateful for their offers of help. His mother and stepfather moved to Manassas in his junior year, and he rented a room in Sterling so he could finish the vocational training. Simms and Butkovich helped him move, and the school's vice principals and some teachers chipped in to furnish his rented room, buying him a bed and sheets and towels.

    Butkovich and Simms met with U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) and asked him to look into the student's immigration case. Wolf's staff discovered that his visa application had been filed improperly, causing a long delay. The Dominion staff hired an immigration specialist who helped him refile the forms and added a letter detailing his accomplishments.

    A month after graduation, Benitez had an interview at the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

    Butkovich raised money from church friends, relatives, even a neighborhood bunco group to pay for a round-trip plane ticket and expenses while Benitez was in Mexico. What they thought would be a one-week visit took 14 months.

    Benitez stayed with his younger siblings and grandparents south of Mexico City, working on a family farm and on odd construction jobs. Throughout the year, Butkovich or her friends or relatives sent care packages and money.

    In November, Benitez received word that his application had been approved and he could return to the United States as a legal resident.

    "We're all so excited we can't stand it," Butkovich said when she heard the news.

    Shortly before Christmas, Benitez flew to Dulles International Airport.

    When he stepped off the plane, he was greeted by his Dominion High friends, who were holding signs saying "Welcome Home" and "This Way" and carrying a winter coat for him. They marveled at how tall he had grown. He smiled and flashed his new visa, with an inky stamp that read "Admitted."

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    • #3
      <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Nearly two years later, after spending about $10,000 and more than a year back in Mexico, Benitez has a fresh visa pasted into his passport. Now he is back in Northern Virginia, ready to pursue more skilled jobs in construction and eager to earn a degree in psychology or theology.

      "I can finally do what I want to do," he said. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

      Proud

      Very good article. Just supports what i always say that there is the avenue to get the legal status . return to country of origin before the bar and apply for the student visa.

      Of course you have someone to stay with because your relatives are there. the system works. and this person was not sitting back and waiting 4 the the gobmnent to pass the cheese please.

      I just hope he and they are realizing that that the only thing legal that he has is "status". and that when the f1 is finished, and if he doesnt pursue h visa or get married to usc.. then he will be required to once again return to his home country.

      Hats off to this guy.

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      • #4
        4Now - the point I was trying to make is there are few avenues open for undocumented kids (who are legally allowed to attend schools in US). You know I was a proponent of Dream Act - lol!

        I'm glad things worked out for this kid. There are so many more, though, who are going to be thrown away like yesterday's leftovers. If they are going to be cast aside in the long run, why does the USA allow them to attend our schools?

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        • #5
          4NOW, while I am happy that this young man was able to come back into the country LEGALLY and complete his education, I agree with you that he should not be treated any differently than students from other countries who OBEY OUR LAWS BY GOING THROUGH THE PROPER CHANNELS TO COME HERE LEGALLY TO COMPLETE THEIR EDUCATION.

          The fact that THE CRIMINAL MINDED PARENTS of these children BRING THEM HERE ILLEGALLY IS NOT AMERICA'S FAULT NOR IS IT OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTINUE THEIR TRADITION OF LAWLESSNESS AND PAY FOR IT WITH OUT TAX DOLLARS AND A SMILE.

          Because they wish to ignore our laws its easier for illegal aliens and their supporters to play the violin/sympathy card and blame us for GRACIOUSLY ALLOWING THEM TO BE EDUCATED WHILE HERE ILLEGALLY AND EXPECT US TO PAY FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS AS WELL. ALLOWING THIS WILL CREATE YET ANOTHER AVENUE FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS TO OVERCROWD OUR SCHOOLS AND LIMIT THE NUMBER OF SEATS TO HIGHER EDUCATION AVAILALBE FOR AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS.

          ONCE THEY TURN 18, AMERICAN CHILDREN are kicked off of welfare, are no longer eligible for social security benefits and parents are no longer able to claim them as dependents and collect unemployment for them, if they lose their jobs; but parents are responsible for paying back student loans granted to them via the government. I'm sure you like I find this a travesty.

          As for twice defeated DREAM ACT: Obama and Durbin (the authors) caught a ton of flack from the American taxpayers which is why it went down in flames. I still get letters from the su-ck up D-ic-kie Durbin who will be up for re-election soon and I predict the voters of Illinois will end his career because of his illegal alien cheerleading (I am a registered INDEPENDENT hahaaaaaa . .) and wouldn't vote for him or Obama again if my life depended on it.

          More whining and blaming US citizens because illegal alien parents brought these "Dreamies" here as minor children and blaming us for it because we don't think they're special AND THAT NOTHING IS EVER THEIR FAULT*rolls eyes*

          The problem with the Dream Act is that these "children" (primarily from Mexico Of Course) are NOW ADULTS WHO ARE AWARE THAT THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY (THEY WHINE ABOUT IT DAILY ON THEIR WEBSITE) WHO SHOULD GO HOME AND APPLY FOR STATUS TO RETURN TO THE US LEGALLY IF THEY ARE SO DESPERATE TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION, INSTEAD OF SITTING AROUND PRAYING FOR AMNESTY AND PLOTTING AND PLANNING HOW TO ILLEGALLY STAY IN THE COUNTRY AND OBTAIN DRIVER'S LICENSES AND AMERICAN TAX PAYER FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS.

          But of course they think they're "special" and that the laws should not apply to them because they have been allowed to ignore them for almost TWO decades.

          The DREAM ACT would have allowed them to remain in this country and receive IN STATE TUITION WHEREVER THEY HAPPEN TO HAVE LANDED, AND THE INFAMOUNS "PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP" AKA AMNESTY, WHICH WOULD THEN TURN INTO MORE CHAIN MIGRATION, yet American kids would still have to pay out of state costs if they attend college in a state that they were not a LEGAL RESIDENT OF.

          Any wonder why the American taxpayers screamed fraud and abuse on that one?

          BTW here's the link to the website of these fruit cakes who claim they are "Americans" yet like ALL illegal aliens, they don't believe in the 1st Amendment. Try signing onto this board and voicing your true feelings and see what happens:

          http://www.dreamact.info/
          Wolves Travel In Packs
          ____________________

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          • #6
            They are allowed to attend public school

            they should be grateful.

            If they want advanced education. then they should do what this kid did. put the effort in and the reward will come.
            Ther is no reason for them to throw themselves away like leftovers.

            go home . get in line in a legal way and come back and go to college. very simple.

            AS a matter of fact, these kids should take the good education that was given them and they should return to their countries and use this knoweldge to make a turnaround in that country. this would be the payoff for us edducating them. or why cant they go back to their country and go to college there?

            why cant they go to college in their own country where they came from proud?

            usa didnt start the fire.

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            • #7
              <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 4now:
              They are allowed to attend public school

              they should be grateful.

              If they want advanced education. then they should do what this kid did. put the effort in and the reward will come.
              Ther is no reason for them to throw themselves away like leftovers.

              go home . get in line in a legal way and come back and go to college. very simple.

              AS a matter of fact, these kids should take the good education that was given them and they should return to their countries and use this knoweldge to make a turnaround in that country. this would be the payoff for us edducating them. or why cant they go back to their country and go to college there?

              why cant they go to college in their own country where they came from proud?

              usa didnt start the fire. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

              My sentiments exactly. However, what they really want is to steal WHAT WE HAVE since all the heavy lifting has already been done. They are determined to ignore our laws, cram themselves, their culture, their financial burdens and language down our throats whether we like it or not. They are here for a reconquista make no mistake about that. The reaction of the bleeding hearts and the corrupt in or government and corporate America are handing them this country on a silver platter . . . just the way LaRaza planned/envisioned it.
              Wolves Travel In Packs
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              • #8
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                • #9
                  <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">why cant they go to college in their own country where they came from proud? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                  If they were older when they were brought here, no that much of a problem. But if they were carried over in strollers or snuglies, the likelihood of them having proficiency in Spanish is slim. I'm not talking about speaking the language. I'm talking about reading and writing it. These kids are learning English in our schools. I am quite certain that colleges in Mexico have minimum standards on language arts and most of these kids wouldn't meet them.

                  Your turn, 4Now.

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                  • #10
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ProudUSC:
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">why cant they go to college in their own country where they came from proud? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                    If they were older when they were brought here, no that much of a problem. But if they were carried over in strollers or snuglies, the likelihood of them having proficiency in Spanish is slim. I'm not talking about speaking the language. I'm talking about reading and writing it. These kids are learning English in our schools. <span class="ev_code_BLUE">I am quite certain that colleges in Mexico have minimum standards on language arts and most of these kids wouldn't meet them.</span>
                    Your turn, 4Now. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


                    Proud.... You are joking right?

                    lol You can tell that you are american where bilingual concept does not seem to exist here.

                    Proud. if their parents dont speak english.. what language do you think the child learned until he went to school? These children are bilingual. read and write from language of their country. and fluently too.

                    Does the usa schools not offer spanish i, ii, iii, and iv in the schools. yes they do. writing and reading no problem unless you are not college material to begin with.

                    How many foreign students come here to go to college Proud. A ton.

                    How was my serve



                    Proud..

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                    • #11
                      I know on a personal level some immigrant kids who came here at a very early age and barely speak their mother tongue, much less read and write it. They are being taught English in our schools! I even know a couple of kids (one Hispanic, one Asian) who refused to speak Spanish in their homes - rebeled against it. These people are all legal of course. But, I would think the same would hold true for many of the undocumented kids as well.

                      But, I don't live in California either

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                      • #12
                        that sounds like it is from a household where children have lazy mentality. and it is too much for them to switch between languages. sad and this is parents fault for putting them into this situation. But it is not the usa duty to spend money and make provisions around problem that some illegal unrightfully made for themselves or for their children.



                        Which speaking of "putting ones self in the shoes.. but I think that was Jake that said that. but I too do not live in Texas or california so I do not have these strong personal feelings about Mexicans that some have.

                        I only see the issue as exactly what it is. illegal. but i am very far removed and many times i get so upset when i read what appears to be a two fold bash of ethnic and illegal issue mixed into one. I can seperate it, but I dont live there and if I were in their shoes and living it and seeing it happen in front of them and then hear that the state is near bankrupt becuase of being overwhelmed..in paying out benefits b/c of illegals which would affect me personally now. Then maybe I would feel different and would share their same perspecitve.


                        See you in Monaco

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                        • #13
                          sorry, but what about inner city kids, or kids whose mother is a hard working AMERICAN single mom...what do they get? Nada. And we are supposed to lose sleep and wring our hands over some illegal alien brat? WHY? AMERICANS are first in this country. This clown's parents STOLE his education from hard working AMerican taxpayers....they paid hardly a penny since no doubt they were working under the table....I say no more....when the brats finish high school on my dime, the next 'freebie' they get is the boot in the a$$. We need to put American children far far ahead of every illegal alien brat....I don't care if they were brought here by irresponsible parents...and, another item...we (congress) should pass a law that NO illegal brat can ever become a US citizen ...EVER...that way, there is no reward for the family that has LIED, CHEATED and STOLEN so much from America....we give them nothing.

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                          • #14
                            I wasn't making a comparison with the inner city kids at all. I believe they should have every opportunity to attend college; however, there is financial assistance available to them should they aspire for a higher education.

                            The point I am trying to make is how flawed our laws are. Why did our government allow for providing an education for undocumented children in the first place when they have no intention of enabling these same kids an affordable means to attend at the very least, a community college? The investment of time and money on these kids seems wasted if they are not afforded the opportunity to obtain higher education at a reasonable cost. Is this how our government is insuring that it will maintain a work force for the jobs 'Americans won't do'?

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                            • #15
                              Great news. Thanks for sharing. Mywegmansconnect
                              Last edited by nekein; 11-29-2019, 10:49 AM. Reason: spelling

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