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Undocumented Students Receive ‘Dream’ Scholarships

by Katie Pyzyk — June 10, 2011 at 10:33 am 9,893 110 Comments

In front of friends, families and admirers, four Arlington students received a chance to dream Thursday night.

In a ceremony at the Arlington Public Schools Education Center on N. Quincy Street, Hareth Andrade and Antonella Rodriguez-Cossio from Washington-Lee High School, Henry Mejia from Yorktown High School and Jose Vasquez from Arlington Mill High School Continuation Program received Dream Scholarships to help fund their college educations.

Although countless high school students enjoy grants and awards around this time of year, the Dream Scholarship is reserved for undocumented students — children born abroad who are not U.S. citizens or legal residents.

An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools every year, but they cannot receive federal financial aid and are ineligible for in-state tuition in Virginia. That renders college an expensive, unattainable goal for many.

While activists around the country fight for undocumented students’ rights at the federal level, others, like Arlington School Board Member Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez, are trying to make a difference on a local level. Violand-Sanchez founded and chairs Dream Project, Inc., which awards the scholarships.

While speaking at Thursday’s event, Dr. Violand-Sanchez said that many undocumented students feel discouraged by the restrictions against them and don’t know where to turn. She added that although school guidance counselors and other community members may want to help, they don’t always know the best means if they haven’t previously dealt with students in this situation. She hopes Dream Project, Inc. can bridge that gap.

The four students all described the personal motivators that kept them focused on their goals during difficult times. “I despised the idea of throwing away the opportunities my parents gave me when they brought me and my siblings to the United States,” said Meija, a valedictorian who’s heading to Bucknell University in the fall.

Pride and gratitude could be seen on the faces of all the scholarship recipients. They told their stories of arriving in America at young ages and the adversity they had to overcome to achieve their current levels of success. From working 12-hour waitress shifts every day to afford schooling, to arriving in this country without the support of parents who had to be left behind — all kept education in the forefront of their lives.

After sharing the story of how he worked to support his wife and young baby, learned English, and simultaneously attended high school classes, Vasquez summed up his gratitude with a simple statement.

“I won’t disappoint you,” he said.

Andrade and Rodriguez-Cossio echoed the sentiment.

“We will not stop here,” said Andrade. “We will work with the next generation of dreamers.”

“We are going to keep on fighting,” Rodriguez-Cossio promised. “All of us are fighters at heart.”

  • CW

    And so it begins…

  • danielobvt

    I wish I was an INS Agent… this would be the easiest catch ever…

  • charlie

    Arlington also has a policy of allowing staff who do not live in Arlington to bring their kids to Arlington schools. Each high school has close to 100 students who are being educated for free because their parents work for APS. This is also unfair.

    • TuesdaysChild

      100 kids at each high school do not even live in the county or pay taxes?

      That would be about 1/7 or so of each high school? Really? If this is true, it seems outrageous. Is this a common practice in other counties?

      • CW

        I do not know about this figure but I do know that this practice is common in a lot of places. My mother was a teacher in a neighboring county (not in VA, mind you) and, growing up, I went to school in said county so she could just take me to school easily in the morning. It just required putting in some sort of petition to override the school I was zoned to (where I lived) each year. Wasn’t a big deal.

        Down there where I grew up, there was a bit more parity – all the schools sucked equally. Here I can see people thinking that it’s freeloading to have their kids go to a top-notch Arlington high school when they live out of the county. But then again, it’s a perk of the job. People move to certain areas for the schools for their kids. All Arlington residents pay the same tax rate, but look at W-L vs. Wakefield, etc. Some jobs come with free childcare; this one comes with a free education for your kid.

        Seems to me like another question could be: “Why can’t our teachers afford to live in the county in which they teach?”

      • Josh S

        One, where does Charlie get the figure? Is it correct?
        Two, even if it was it would be more like 1/16th of the average high school in Arlington.Not 1/7th. Can’t imagine how many decades it has been since the average high school in Arlington only had 700 kids.
        Three, so what? Is there any evidence, any at all, that the presence of these kids in any way hinders the education that other kids in the school receive?

        • Westover

          If anything it probably enhances the other kids’ experiance, as you know the kid has a parent that cares.

          The hundred kids is over exagerated a bit. There might be 100 kids throughout the entire county that are in the APS system due to their parents being an employee.

        • charlie

          the number is not documented at all. even the principal doesn’t know exactly who the kids are in their school. a kid here a kid there. CW points out is that our schools are the best, why not bring the kids in.

          i don’t think it hinders anyone’s education. but if we have overcrowding…

          • Westover

            How do the Principals not know that thier student has an address that is NOT in Arlington? Are you for real, or just pulling this stuff out of a hat this morning?

          • charlie

            i would agree with you that the principal “should” know.
            a friend of mine retired from APS about eight years ago. I’m citing her numbers.
            she said that none of the teachers would challenge it because it was another teacher. and no one would go to the board either because then you get the principal in trouble.
            a web of back scratching.

          • Westover

            Sounds like your friend likes to exaggerate a bit. 100 kids per school is definitely a bit high, even eight years ago, although eight years ago we did not have the over crowding problem that is starting to roll into the schools with the millennium baby boom around here. There might be a small chance that a principal does not know which employee a student is connected to, that would be a tiny chance, but there is little chance of them not knowing that the kid comes from outside the county with an APS employee/parent.

          • Set the Controls

            At my kids’ elementary school there is a directory (sent home to everyone) with all the kids’ addresses in it. Maybe such a thing exists at the high schools.

          • Josh S

            Also, unless the principal is brand new to the school he or she will know the staff well enough to know who has a kid attending the school.

          • charlie

            it is limited to your staff.
            if a teacher at a middle school brings their kid to school, they then continue on to the high school under the same arrangement, with the teacher/parent staying at the middle school.

          • CW

            Yeah…my parents both worked in education, so I’ve had a lot of peripheral experience in dealing with public school administration, and I can assure you that every principal knows what teachers have their kids at that school. I went to a 3000+ person high school and it was the case there.

          • TuesdaysChild

            We need more facts here. Maybe ArlNow can do a FOIA request to the County for the number of students at each school that do not have an address of record in the county? Does the school system keep an address of record for each student?

          • CW

            Gosh, I would hope so…

    • C

      Not sure how many teachers are allowed to bring their children, but I do know there is a cap as to how many are accepted and a lottery is held for applicants. I also know that at the elementary level children can not go to just any school if coming from outside the county line. Schools are identified for this type of enrollment based on student population. Only teachers working at the identified schools could bring their children to school with them. Others can bring them into the county, but to a different school.

  • YTK

    Really? DREAM Scholarship? A NIGHTMARE to those deserving of it and who do not get ANYTHING — the CITIZEN student.

  • LyonSteve

    I’m going to resist as long on commenting.

    An elected official openly aiding and abetting illegal aliens.

    • LyonSteve

      as long (as possible) on commenting.

    • Westover

      As much as I am infavor of greatly raising the numbers of work visas issued by our great nation so that these folks will HAVE a means to come here that is not illegal, I totally agree with you. WTF are Violand-Sanchez and Tejada thinking? They are clearly violating their oath of office in this case.

      • SoCo Resident

        Westover: Could you clearly specify how Violand-Sanchez and Tejada are “clearly violating their oath of office in this case.” You very wrecklessly through that out but don’t substantiate it — which makes your comment totally worthless.

    • Josh S

      Perhaps, just perhaps, this isn’t in the same category as an elected official openly aiding and abetting terrorists. Or murderers. Or even car thieves.
      Recently, Fairfax County school officials have decided that Zero Tolerance policies are counter-productive. They decided that it might be OK to exercise a little discretion when deciding how to react to a given situation. It may be that discretion is also in order in other aspects of our public lives – such as how to deal with kids who were brought to this country many years ago, have done everything right since then and now need a little help to move along the path to being productive members of society.
      It does seem odd, this story. I also am a bit confused about the whole thing. But instead of having a knee-jerk reaction, I’m trying to see if perhaps my mindset can adapt and incorporate points of view that I wasn’t aware of before.

      • madisonmanor

        There’s a difference, though. The Zero Tolerance re-look aims to basically ignore the “bad” behavior – this actually rewards it. So you’re proposing to draw a line – no terrorists, murderers or car thieves (I’ll even throw in rapists for you to help you make your point). How big of a circle do you draw to be inclusive? Wife beaters? identity thieves? embezzlers? vandals? non-seat-belt-wearing drivers? The reward is that they are allowed to go to college at all.
        I have friends who actually went the legal route to get the visas and worked to become US Citizens and they don’t get the same treatment for their kids.

        • Just the Facts

          What “bad” behavior are these scholarships rewarding? Kids brought here by their parents in violation of our immigration laws when they were babies who learned the language and worked hard enough in school to earn scholarships?

          Are you saying the kids should have insisted on remaining in their home countries when they were 3, 4, 5 years old?

          Perhaps the parents did something wrong but these kids are completely blameless. Let’s keep that in mind as we’re posting our knee-jerk hateful comments.

          • LyonSteve

            From the story:
            “…to arriving in this country without the support of parents who had to be left behind…”

            Sounds to me some of these kids were not brought there by their parents.

      • Westover

        But, these kids will still be here without a green card when they graduate, they will not be allowed to have legal employment, unless they leave, apply for the correct H1-B Visa, and wait a few years for their number to come up. These folks might become productive, but they unfortunatly will not be legal productive members of our society>

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Yep. Same ole Same ole.

    • Julie

      Just because someone is undocumented doesn’t mean they are an illegal alien as you choose to put it. Immigration status can be complicated and unless you have done a thorough investigation of these bright and successful students and know they do indeed have no legal right to be in the US you should keep your bigotry to yourself.

      • John K.

        If they are here legally, they would almost certainly have docs. It’s a PITA to get them – as I have witnessed with family members who are legal immigrants. But legal immigrants just about always have docs if they had the right to them. So, yeah… illegal alien. Just admit you support lawbreaking. Lots of people do and have for lots of past reasons (now weed, previously abortion, etc.).

  • ArlForester

    Honestly, WTF? They have scholarships for the ILLEGALS now too? You do know that referring to them as everything but ILLEGAL doesn’t change the fact that they are ILLEGAL. When they graduate from their free education they won’t be allowedto work. The stupidity of pro-illegals has no bounds.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Yep. I have a hard time understanding how some people are permitted a “free pass” as far as obeying or not obeying the law but some people must obey the law or face the consequences. Legal (L-E-G-A-L) immigration is what made America a great place, but the illegal stuff burns me up.

      • Cas

        I’m confused as to your point here. A little more specificity please

        • Bluemontsince1961

          The laws of this country should apply to everyone. Why is that so hard to understand?

          • Cas

            You made a vague, blanket statement. If you want to argue over which rights people in the country should and shouldn’t have then argue specifics.

          • Bluemontsince1961

            Whatever. Illegals are breaking the immigration laws of this country. They should not have the same rights and privileges as legal immigrants and citizens. They should wait their turn and come to the US legally. Why should they be rewarded and catered to for “butting in line” so to speak? (rhetorical question).

          • Cas

            You probably don’t agree with Plyler v. Doe then?

          • SoCo Resident

            Claryfying Point of Fact: Plyer vs Doe is the 1982 Supreme Court decision guaranteeing the right of k-12 education to ALL children. The law of the land! The “illegal limbo” kids are guaranteed education here.

      • novanglus

        L-E-G-A-L today means something completely different than it once did. My grandparents showed up in this country without any documentation and were handed work permits at Ellis Island, as long as they had no communicable diseases and could work.

        We don’t do that anymore.

        We turn a blind eye to all the people who get less than minimum wage to build our buildings, pick our fruit, pluck our chickens and mow our lawns, and then we charge their kids 2-3 times as much for college as our kids pay. This scholarship is just equalizing the tuition, without using tax money.

  • Ballston

    This is sad.
    Our elected officials and sworn representatives refuse to uphold the law. These illegal (not undocumented) aliens should be returned home.

    What will the next law be that Arlington officials and police refuse to enforce.

    • CW

      I’ve got a few candidates that I wouldn’t mind them looking the other way on…would be nice to be able to walk down the street with a beer, for one!

      • bb

        Walk on. There are no open container laws in Arlington. Just don’t go into a public park. That’s the only place Arlington does have open container laws.

        • CW

          You sure? I seem to remember this discussion occurring before and it coming to light that, while there weren’t Arlington County ordinances, there was an overarching state law prohibiting it. But I’m not sure. If there’s one thing I’m terrible at (I assure you there are many more than one), it’s researching and interpreting laws.

          • bb

            There are no state laws regarding open containers in VA. Only local laws.

          • Just the Facts

            It is, however, illegal to drink alcohol in public. So carry all the open containers you want, but don’t be seen drinking from it or you face a fine.

            § 4.1-308. Drinking alcoholic beverages, or offering to another, in public place; penalty; exceptions.

            http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+4.1-308

          • steve

            It’s in vehicles. It’s not illegal statewide to be a passenger in a car and drink so l ong as the locality hasn’t forbidden it.

          • TGEoA

            That’s right. A passenger in a moving vehicle can drink an adult beverage in Virginia

          • CW

            I was going to tell you to “Move”, but that’s pretty damn cool :)

          • Thes

            According to this source Virginia is one of the few states that allows passengers to drink from open containers in a vehicle, but it is not a state that allows drinking in public (e.g. on the street).

          • bb

            Read more carefully from your own source…

            “The vast majority of U.S. states and localities prohibit possessing and/or consuming an open container of alcohol in public (i.e. on the street). Only seven states (Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Pennsylvania) have no state law against general public possession and/or consumption of an open container by a person of legal drinking age, although nearly all local jurisdictions in those states do prohibit public open containers. ”

            Once again… there is no VA state law on open containers. There are only local laws.

          • Westover

            Yep, the no one can drink on the sidewalk, but everyone but the designated driver can drink while cruising down the road! Another positive for the Commonwealth!

          • doodly

            Westover – bb explained that only local laws in Virginia forbid open containers in the street. Arlington has no such law, except in parks.

          • CW

            Yeah – the previous assertion that drinking on the street was legal did not pass the smell test. If that was the case, I’d figure that the crowds of frat types standing in line at Spider Kelly’s would pass the time sharing communal cases of Natty Light.

          • bb

            It is legal. There are no state laws regarding an open container in the State of Virginia. The reason why frat types don’t is the same reason you don’t. You believe it to be illegal, because in most of the country it is illegal.

          • doodly

            bb and charlie:

            The code cited by Just the Facts seems to forbid public drinking statewide – can you explain? Thanks.

        • charlie

          BB is right.
          you can drink in the street. but you cannot drink in an Arlington County Park.
          check out Clarendon Day — NO DRINKING in the pseudo-Metro-park. but line the streets with spigots!!!

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Ain’t that the truth, Ballston!

    • Just the Facts

      I find it fascinating that somehow local government officials are “refusing to uphold the law” by not rounding up every non-status immigrant in sight.

      Are they also not “upholding the law” by not ferreting out every federal income tax evader or copyright infringer?

      Certain laws are the purview of the federal government and others are the resonsibility of local and state governments. Federal immigration laws should be enforced by the federal government, not local officials.

  • DudeGuy

    Why are all my posts deleted?

    • Dressage Queen

      Maybe you spoke the truth, that the county is messed up?

  • Arlingtonnative

    It’s a wash since more than 100 students attend TJ technical HS in Fairfax not to mention private school attendees who still pay taxes for Arlington schools.

    • Arlwhenever

      Would think that someone who has been around long enough to be an Arlington native would have heard the budget debates. It’s no wash at all — Arlington forks over a stipend for each student who attends TJ in Fairfax County. It’s actually cheaper per student at TJ than in Arlington County. So forget the canard that spending produces quality education.

  • LyonSteve

    After sharing the story of how he worked to support his wife and young baby, learned English, and simultaneously attended high school classes, Vasquez summed up his gratitude with a simple statement.

    “We will not stop here,” said Andrade. “We will work with the next generation of dreamers.”

    “We are going to keep on fighting,” Rodriguez-Cossio promised.

    ————-

    When will people wake up? They are not coming here to assimilate into our culture, this is a silent war whose intent is to displace us and take over our country.

    And how old is this “student,” who is married and has a wife and kid already.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      That seems to be what the “keep on fighting” is about – what you said. The immigrants that came over back when wanted to become Americans, were glad and proud to become Americans and did so legally. I support legal immigration – L-E-G-A-L.

  • JMB

    the Dream Scholarship is reserved for undocumented students — children born abroad who are not U.S. citizens or legal residents.

    Is this an editorial addition? The application form doesn’t specify noncitizens, only that the applicant “was born outside of the United States or has a parent born outside of the
    United States.”

    • Arlwhenever

      Excellent point.

      Further, Bucknell where this kid will be attending school, like virtually every university this side of California, requires that foreign students have a student visa and verify their ability to pay. Now that this kid has revealed he is an immigrant he has no choice but to go legal going forward.

      • Arrrrrlington

        Bucknell ain’t cheap. Is this scholarship going to be able to cover a reasonable amount of his tuition?

    • SoCo Resident

      Ah, not surprising that ARLNOW taunted its readers with the “undocumented” word and got this sensational, expected response from ARLNOW readers.

      Let’s bash and greatly discourage these promising students, they might contribute greatly to our community and country.

      • Cas

        +1

      • danielobvt

        I much prefer the proper term, illegal. Undocumented makes it sound like they forgot their papers at home/car. Illegal makes it clear that that the people identified are in fact violating the law of the country that the are in.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Exactly!

        • Westover

          Crap, I violated the law yesterday when I parked on the wrong side of the street in the neighborhood to drop off a kid, but that does not make me a criminal. Undocumented or illegal is the same thing, just like a basement bathroom installed without a permit, the undocumented worker is still contributing to the great good of our nation (in most cases) even without the right papers of approval. Difference is, not getting the permit is just to save the permit fees, these unskilled laborers are not really even given the chance to come here legally since we only issue 10K unskilled worker visas a year globally.

          • Stu Pendus

            In the county’s eyes you are also defrauding them of tax revenue because of an incorrect assessed value of your property after the improvement (bathroom) was added.

          • doodly

            Jeez, Westover. So does that mean you want to eliminate all immigration laws? After all, they seem to be useless to you.

  • Bard

    It’s not like they came here on their own. Presumably their parents brought them, and they made the most out of a very tough situation.

    Anyhow, I’d guess these kids won’t be undocumented for long. I’m sure they’re in the process of attempting to obtain lawful status.

  • Legal Immigrant

    Does anyone know how I can become a temporary illegal to get a scholarship?

    Don’t want to spend the rest of my life repaying student loans.

    Thanks

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Really, ain’t that the truth!

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      If you figure out how to turn it on and off, you should think about turning the “illegal” switch on around tax time too – those “tax” thingies are annoying.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Exactly what I was thinking! Shoot, we should be able to say, “we’re sick of paying taxes, so no more money to the Feds, Richmond, or Arl Co.” I wonder how fast the enforcers would be at our doors saying “better be writing in that checkbook or off to jail you go.”

    • NPGMBR

      +1,000,000

  • Aaron

    “From working 12-hour waitress shifts every day to afford schooling”

    Wait, what?!? One of these scholarship recipients claims to have worked 12-hour waitress shifts every day? When? Where? And how much is APS charging them that this would be necessary?

    Or is this, you know, a lie?

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      Not only that, but lets figure out where she worked and check to make sure the restaurant appropriately withheld their taxes.

  • Jake

    This is absurd – these government officials needs to be arrested in addition to these illegals. Where are my rights? Oh that’s right, I am a 36 year old white man. I am 100% for full rights – including paying taxes! I am tired of footing the bill

    • Bluemontsince1961

      This 55 year old man totally agrees with you.

    • NPGMBR

      Don’t think that just because you’re white that you’re the only one getting ripped by the gov. Not that my race means much but the fact that im single, no kids and own no property means that I get taxed a helluva lot more than others.

      We singles get no respect from our so-called elected officials yet we pay big to educate, feed and in some cases cloth the children in our communities and we get no thanks for it.

      This year Uncle Sam alone yanked 21,060 from my salary yet we have Repubs on The Hill breakin their backs to continue tax breaks for multi-billion dollar oil companies.

      I swear every time I see one of those commercials where some actor is trying to convince Americans that raising taxes on oil companies is a “bad idea” I wanna put my foot through the TV….then I realize its my own TV and calm down.

    • Westover

      TIme to serously raise the unskilled visa quota from the current 10K to at least 250K a year. Let’s tax the hard work that these folks are doing!

    • Just the Facts

      Jake wrote, “Where are my rights?”

      How is anything in this story infringing on your rights? You may have a right to be unnecessarily angry about four people getting a break in life but you don’t have a right to not be offended.

      The only way this is affecting you, in any way whatsoever, is that it bothers your little mind. There is no real-world impact on you whatsoever. Get over it.

    • SoCo Resident

      “Jake”: Could you quantify in dollars how much you are “footing the bill.” Thanks.

      • Here legally

        SoConfused, I am getting the feeling that you may be undocumented yourself?

  • http://www.arlnow.com/2010/10/13/lyon-hall-answers-the-call-when-a-loyal-customer-pops-the-question/ Lauren

    All I can say is Wow.

    Yet people keep re-electing these folks. If everyone stopped voting for them they would be out. But noooooo . . .

  • Unicycle Lover

    This unicycle lover does not!

  • JB

    I know that many schools in the EU charge a certain tuition for EU citizens and a much higher rate for non-EU students (like the states do here for non-residents applying to public universities in that particular state).

    So forget scholarships! Illegals in the USA should have to pay twice as much as US citizens.

    If it’s good enough for Oxbridge…

  • RJ

    Nothing like rewarding criminal behavior. I applaud these students’ academic achieve, but since they’re so smart, they should know that they should apply for citizenship.

  • JenLynn

    I’m five years removed from college and still have $15,000 in student loans, work at a good job, pay my taxes, and am getting ready to start school again in the fall. My parents were born in the US and so was I. I hate that that I have to pay so much to further myself when illegal/undocumented immigrants can come to the US and get to go to college for free when I’m stuck paying my taxes and my student loans. What is fair about this?

  • hank hill

    They should all be deported.

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  • Roemary

    Where is Arlington MIll High?

  • JohnB

    I keep saying over and over to myself that this has to be a joke, are we sure this wasn’t originally posted by the Onion? Why are we rewarding people for people in this country illegally?

    The funny part to me is the part where it says they are ineligible for in state tuition… Well obviously, if they are “undocumented,” what’s the chance they or their parents are paying any taxes? Obviously I am assuming a lot here, but there is not a lot of information in the article to make me think otherwise.

    • SoCo Resident

      JohnB: “Illegal Limbo” students are eligible for in-state tuition in about a dozen states and are considered “international students” by private colleges. You certainly wouldn’t expect Virginia to be among those dozen states judging from these comments from such a wealthy Virginia county.

      John B: I hope to god you aren’t basing your thoughts on this issue based on this article!

  • SoCo Resident

    The DREAM ACT before Congress would give conditional permanent residency to certain illegal and deportable alien students. The Congressional Budget Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation and UCLA all estimate positive benefits to the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. economy, but this seems way above the intellectual comprehension of ARLNOW readership. .

    What is it like for ARLNOW readership to advocate keeping down and putting down hard working “illegal limbo” students? Do you go to sleep at night with peace in your hearts for such comments about mostly children? I hope the future “Bill Gates” among them remembers these comments coming from one of the richest counties!

  • Your Mom

    I hope someone from ICE reads this article and deports these illegals.

  • Sandee

    I’m not sure if any of you actually know people who are here as undocumented workers but the majority of those people DO pay taxes voluntarily (yes, this is a fact that they report income using a a tax ID number even though they don’t technically have the legal “right” to do so). They are happy to pay taxes and WISH that they could have legal status to pay even more taxes. People don’t come to this country to get a free ride. They come here to find opportunity and are happy to pay taxes like anyone else if only given the chance to do so. Many work under the table but yearn to work in a way that would allow them to pay taxes and be full “citizens”. It makes no sense to criticize those who are working night and day AND paying their taxes but receiving very few of the benefits. Again, if you actually knew undocumented people, you would know that they do pay taxes and are proud of it.

    • JM

      And on top of that, the vast majority of illegals who pay taxes do not file for a tax return, because they don’t want the government association.

  • Cool Beans

    haters will be haters

  • JUSTICEFORALL

    FOR EVERY ILLEGAL ALIEN STUDENT (THEY ARE NOT “IMMIGRANTS” IN ANY WAY) THAT TAKES A PLACE IN ONE OF OUR COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES, THERE IS AN AMERICAN STUDENT WHO HAS LOST “HIS” OR “HER” EDUCATION!!! THERE ARE NOT INFINITE AMOUNTS OF PLACES, JUST A FINITE NUMBER! THEY SAY WE MUSTN’T PUNISH THE CHILDREN FOR THE PARENTS’ CRIMES – WELL, WE SURE AS H— MUST NOT REWARD THE CHILDREN FOR THE PARENTS’ CRIMES EITHER! 85% OF ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE MEXICAN AND MEXICO I HAVE BEEN TOLD GIVES FREE EDUCATION TO ANYONE OF MEX. DESCENT (ONLY). AND WHETHER THEY DO OR NOT, GO HOME AND LET YOUR COUNTRY EDUCATE YOU; OUR AMERICAN CHILDREN DESERVE OUR AMERICAN EDUCATION! NOT ILLEGAL LAWBREAKERS. GO HOME, ILLEGALS! AND MEXICO: YOU TEACH YOUR CHILDREN IN “OUR” PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO OWE THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO MEXICO & TO HATE GRINGOS! – SO TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN, CALL THEM HOME AND GET OUT OF OUR COUNTRY! THERE WILL BE NO “AZTLAN” HERE!

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