Although these alien minors, born into misfortune, were powerless in their parents choice to enter the United States, they still have limited chances for a quality United States education after high school—and it is not just due to legislation. Poverty and public odium stemming from illegal immigration prevents these Latino students from taking advantage of their skills to build fulfilling lives in the United States. Currently, unless they were born within American borders, citizenship is near impossible without legal documents from a legal immigration. This is the tragedy of inherited misfortune. Widespread and pervasive, unseen and ignored, it is an unfortunate theme in our vast society focused on individual success. That is not to say, however, that politicians are not making any effort to create paths to citizenship for some “special cases”. President Obama’s new legislation builds on the “D...
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... empathize with such students and encourage their peers to be supportive, but also to direct them to help when they need it. Undocumented students themselves also need to understand their current rights before any government policy change can benefit them. Surprisingly, for example, Bohorquez says that many Texas immigrant students still do not know of the required Texas Application for Financial Aid in the state although it has been in use for more than ten years (Sheehy). Bohorquez stresses that financial aid is not entirely out of reach of immigrant students. They just cannot apply for federal aid. However, many scholarships available to students without legal status are confusing and daunting for them to take on individually (Sheehy). Armed with information like this, educators will be better equipped to assist students; students, to reach for higher education.
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