LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Help for undocumented young people
June 4, 2010
There is a young man in our community. He is seventeen years old and has lived here in South Lake Tahoe for fifteen of those years. He has played soccer and basketball, has mowed our lawns. He attended Bijou Community School and South Tahoe Middle School and is currently a junior at South Tahoe High School, where he is proud of his 3.8 GPA in his AVID classes. He is bilingual but speaks English better than Spanish. His classmates are sending away for applications to college and applying for grants. He wants to become a science teacher but discovers that, because he is undocumented, he is unable to attend college. His future is a blank wall, in spite of all his hard work. Are menial jobs and gangs the only option available for him? His story is repeated many times in the lives of young men and women all over the California. But there is help!
SB160, the California Dream Act is bipartisan legislation that addresses the situation faced by young people who were brought to the United States years ago as undocumented immigrant children and who have since grown up here, stayed in school and kept out of trouble. It would enable them to register and apply for student aid at California’s public colleges and universities and open up to them lives of productivity in our communities. Let’s not waste these valuable resources. To find out more check out the website at http://www.sen.ca.gov/cedillo and find out what you can do.
South Lake Tahoe