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DREAM Act: The College Board Wants Help for Undocumented Students

dream-act-buttonThe College Board, known mostly for the ubiquitous SAT exam, has publicly called for federal legislation to give more opportunities to undocumented students seeking to pay in-state tuition. Basically, the College Board is saying that the DREAM Act is, in fact, a good idea.

Speaking publicly on the issue for the first time, the board is making its push after states in recent years have moved to bar illegal immigrants from paying in-state tuition and, in some cases, enrolling in their public colleges. It also comes as opponents are warning that immigration reform now could reduce already-scarce jobs and college enrollment slots in the ailing economy.

“This is a new area for us, but it was an easy call,” said Thomas Rudin, a senior vice president for the College Board.

He noted the contradiction in which illegal immigrants who are legally entitled to a K-12 public education suddenly hit barriers when applying to college, even when many are “honor roll students, athletes, class presidents and valedictorians.”

Its long overdue that institutions of higher education joined the fight for undocumented students.  Kids like Maria, in the video below, deserve a chance to contribute in a meaningful way to our country.

In the video below, Maria shares her experience as a young immigrant caught between the country of her birth (Mexico) and the country she has grown up (the U.S.) and how the DREAM Act would enable her to achieve a long-term goal: completing college.

For ways to help support the DREAM act click here.

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