Source: Associated Press..
When Fabiola Guevara graduated from highschool 11 years after her mother fled from Mexico, she had nearly a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Her dream was to enroll in a state university nursing program, but she didn't even apply. Guevara couldn't afford higher education.
Like thousands of other illegal immigrant students, Guevara was ineligible for college financial aid. And it would cost triple her mother's housekeeper wages to attend a public university because undocumented students don't qualify for in-state tuition discounts. " I studied here all my life. What am I supposed to do with the rest of my life? Work as a housekeeper? Pick beans in the fields?" says Guevara.
Federal law prohibits illegal immigrant students from receiving government-backed loans and grants to attend college. The law, which was part of 1996 immigration reforms, also discourages states from providing these students in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.
But lawmakers in Congress have proposed legislation to help students like Guevara. The Development,Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, more commonly known as the DREAM ACT would allow undocumented students who arrived in the US before they turned 16 and have lived here at least five years to become temporary legal residents, making them eligible for college financial aid and other benefits.
Foreign-born students could potentially fill teaching and nursing jobs, addressing a shortage that grows more critical as baby boomers retire, Flores said.
"These children are being penalized. It's no fault of theirs that they're not citizens," Frederica Wilson says. Many were brought to the US by their parents when they were five or six and worked hard for years in the US public schools. "I think we owe them. They have a right. They want to be somebody. It's reminiscent of many civil rights battles that I as an African-American had to fight," Wilson said...
Guevara's mother remarried an American citizen and now is eligible to apply for citizenship....
WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wait just a damn minute! Since when do illegal immigrants have the RIGHTS that legal Americans do??? Why tie this into the nursing shortage?? It has nothing to do with it.. The reason for the nursing shortage is because of the pitiful wages that the colleges pay the instructors. Who wants to leave the hospital arenas to teach when you would have to take a serious cut in pay? That's why the median age for instructors is in the late 50's and they are getting closer to retirement..
How do these illegal students get through our school system without being noticed that they are illegal?? I had to transfer my kids from one school to the next and without their "Original" birth certificates, I was given a rash of crap!!!!!
Here's a couple of solutions!!! Apply for a green card and go through the system!! Become a LEGAL American and we are more than happy to help you succeed. Or you can just marry an American and stay here through that loophole like lots of people do..
Don't get me wrong.. I'm not anti-immigration. My family came over from Germany back in the 1700's.My husband's family came through Ellis Island from Italy in the early 20th Century. Everyone here except for the Native Americans are transplanted from somewhere else. I don't have a problem with others coming into this country to make a better place for themselves. JUST DO IT LEGALLY!!!!!!!! Stop trying to tie other issues into the nursing shortage to play on people's sympathies... These illegal immigrant students should be placing the blame on their own parents who didn't follow the law and come into this country legally... People who leave their countries pass up the opportunities to be their future politicians and hopes for their peoples. Change can only happen by the will of the people. People can only change their corrupt governments by standing up to them. The Mexican people need good medical care just like we do. If you love your homeland, change it! If you want to come here instead, come legally and we will welcome you with open arms!!!
A footnote for thought! Sneaking illegally into Mexico will not get you free welfare benefits, social security benefits, free public education, and free medical care. You will get thrown into prison and will not get a free bus ride to the border..