Skip to comments.An immigrant in limbo between two Americas (BARF ALERT!)
Posted on 06/08/2012 7:04:27 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
Maria Gomez stood with the Class of 2011, waiting to climb the stage. The sun was bright on the UCLA campus, her fellow graduates buoyant.
To reach this elite company, she'd worked baby-sitting and housecleaning jobs, scraping up tuition from quarter to quarter. She'd lived on Cup Noodles and granola bars from the food bank when money ran out. She'd spent nights sleeping on the floor of the campus printing room.
At 26, she was getting her master's in architecture from one of the nation's top schools. But the triumph felt hollow, her sense of achievement tangled up with bitterness and fear.
From childhood on, she'd straddled paradoxical Americas.
This was the place where your family's foothold might be dislodged by a single careless word. It was where you had to lie when friends asked why you didn't have a driver's license: "An eye condition." It was where, when your dignified and stoic father thought he saw an immigration-enforcement van, fear made his voice unrecognizable as he screamed: Don't move!
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She is told the rules of the new country. Never talk about where you're from. Be careful who you trust. Obey every law... All these kids know they are here illegaly.
American kids grow up in foreign countries all the time while their parents serve away from home. Then they all go home to America.
Hows that for an American Dream Plan? Go Home!
How anyone can be THAT blind to irony is mind-boggling.
In spite of their policy I have no intention of ever violating any of their immigration,residency or employment laws even though I might be able to get away with it.I respect such all laws in *every* country...including Australia's and Mexico's.I expect....no,demand...that all foreigners obey our laws.
Add another sob story to the list..A Texas A&M student was denied confirmation to the student senate because of his undocumented status.
Last Tuesday night, the Student Senate decided not to confirm graduate student Luis Zelaya as Vice President of Diversity, citing his immigration status as a main concern of those who voted against him.
Its hard, Zelaya reportedly told Fox Latino News. I was just told by my family that I dont belong here, that no matter how hard I work, how American I want to be, that I will never be good enough.
Although most of the student senators supported Zelayas bid, the 30 to 26 vote fell short of the two-thirds needed for confirmation, according to Fox Latino News.
Zelaya, who emigrated from Honduras at age 14, left a life of violence to join his mother in Houston in 1999.
In 2012, he joins an estimated 300 undocumented students at Texas A&M.
Earlier this year, he attracted national media attention when he ran for student body president, a position never before held by an undocumented student.
Though he eventually lost to John Claybrook, the newly elected president nominated him to the vice president of diversity position believing that there was no one more qualified. Senators, students and organizations leapt to his defense, according to the article.
Texas A&Ms student newspaper, The Battalion, ran a front page editorial on Tuesday asking the student senate to change its decision in the second and final confirmation attempt.
Many argue that Zelayas undocumented status could be a null issue if legislators would pass the DREAM Act.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (HB 1403), otherwise known as the Dream Act, was first introduced by then-Representative Rick Noriega in 2001.
The bill would have provided certain illegal immigrants, who met specific requirements, the opportunity to earn conditional permanent U.S. residency if they completed two years in the military or two years at a four-year institution of higher learning.
In 2010, the legislation passed the House of Representatives, but was blocked on Dec.18 in the Senate by a vote of 55 to 41 by Republicans and a handful of Democrats during the lame-duck session.
It is expected to come back up in the 2013 legislative session.
The Advocate has previously reported on the plight of undocumented students hoping for the passage of the act.
Is somebody having a "master's" in architecture supposed to impress me? Sorry. It's not working. I wonder who paid for her "master's".
What an asset she would be to her home country.
Close the tread!, we have a WINNER:)
Arrest her. Sieze her assets. Give her a trial, then jail time before deportation. Problem solved.
With the good illegal education she got here she should be able to get a great job down in Mexico.
“I was just told by my family that I dont belong here, that no matter how hard I work, how American I want to be, that I will never be good enough.
If these kids are so “smart” why aren’t they taking their families to task for not having enough respect for our laws to be here legally? Their “issues” should be with them, not the US taxpayers.
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