Saturday, October 14, 2006

Helping immigrant kids go to college

See this 2-minute video about an educational forum held by the Texas Criminal Justice Coaltion's University Leadership Initative in Austin explaining to parents and high school graduates how, in Texas, children of undocumented immigrants could attend college and qualify for in-state tuition. I know most of the kids working with the University Leadership Initiative, and I'm really proud of the work they're doing.

2 comments:

JimNtexas said...

Are there no colleges in Mexico?

Do American kids who want to go to college in Mexico pay the same rate as Mexican citizens?

Can U.S. Citzens vote in Mexican electionss?

Gritsforbreakfast said...

These kids all graduated from Texas high schools and most have lived here their whole lives.

When I was an infant, my parents brought me here from North Carolina, where I was adopted just before my father left the Air Force to come home to Texas. I didn't have any say in the matter, but now I don't want to leave.

Same with these kids - they weren't asked their opinion about coming here. It's wrong to punish their parents' decision, whether you like it or not, by denying education to Texas high school graduates. They're going to live here, and to deny a college education makes no sense from any economic or moral perspective, IMO, only a xenophobic one.