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November 25th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

Whatever happened to...Nancy Guarneros, undocumented student, DREAM Act hopeful?

By Thelma Gutierrez, CNN

(CNN) - When we first met Nancy Guarneros three years ago, she was a 21-year-old honors student at University of California, Los Angeles working cash jobs as a tutor and babysitter to pay her way. At the time, she was applying for graduate programs.

One by one, letters of acceptance came in: Harvard, Brown, Columbia.

But Nancy couldn’t afford them on her own, and wasn’t eligible for financial aid. In her senior year of high school, when she asked her mother for a birth certificate to apply for a California driver’s license, she learned she was an undocumented immigrant.

Her mother, who worked as a nanny in Los Angeles, brought her into the United States without documents when Nancy was a baby. The revelation closed the door on greatest hope Nancy had for a life out of poverty – an education.

Currently, undocumented students cannot apply for student financial aid and they can’t legally work – so unless they can come up with tuition on their own, many are forced to give up their academic aspirations.

“I was devastated, blindsided, I worked so hard to get into college, now what?” Guarneros said.

California became the first state to pass legislation that opens up public aid for undocumented students,a major turning point for people like Nancy. The California DREAM Act,  which Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last month, will allow undocumented students to apply for both public and privately funded scholarships. For Nancy and thousands of her peers who came together in a relentless call for action, this was is a symbol of hope for their future.

"Governor Brown kept his promise to immigrant youth. We were happy he did, since so many of us helped out on his campaign,” Guarneros said. “California took a stand in the right direction, in essence did the opposite of what’s happening in other part of the country like Alabama. California is setting the example so that other states can follow.”

After she completed her undergraduate degree, Nancy decided to stay at UCLA, where she earned a master’s degree in education. Last year, Claremont Graduate University in Southern California, offered her a full scholarship to pursue a doctorate in education. Her dream is to teach, but as a student, she discovered another passion – advocating for immigrant rights.

This year, she organized a collaborative art exhibit featuring paintings and photographs of a number of undocumented students like herself, called “Dreamers.” With dozens of contributions from her peers, her dream was realized. On opening night, more than 200 people came to show their support for “Intersecting Realities: Visions of Immigrant Narratives,” which is on display at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education.

“I want to show that we’re not just activists, and we’re not just students,” Guarneros said. “We’re also sisters, brothers, loved ones and to be able to show the intersections of all these students.”

“These images are starting to become dominant,” she said. “This issue is so rooted in my heart; it’s so important to me now. If we get the federal DREAM Act to pass, we need to consider our parents and immigration reform. There’s always going to be someone to fight for.”

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  1. olivia

    you are a beautiful american, nancy. and more importantly, a beautiful person. strength to you and your family (immediate and broader).

    December 1, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Darwin

    Exceptional young lady, keep doing what you doing! sooner or later all your hard work will be paid off! Good luck

    December 1, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jillian

    This is such a shining light in a time of darkness. Nancy is an inspiration and reflects the stories of many of America's youth. The DREAM Act in California opens up so many opportunities for youth to move on to higher education and contribute back to their communities as Nancy is doing. To go on to be an educator–such an important and needed position in our nation–Nancy is presenting a great story.

    November 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sofia

    Nancy is an inspiration to ALL, regardless of immigration status. You make our society better, more educated, and more socially responsible. THANK YOU. Now, rather than promote hate and racism, let's pass the DREAM Act and encourage more youth to continue their education and improve OUR society for all our sakes.

    November 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. arale norimaki

    I have a DREAM that immigrants wanting to live and study here will abide by the laws of this Country. Laws that were in place before they got in. This is supposed to be a nation of laws.
No illegal immigrants should be given citizenship. We have immigration laws that must be followed, and following those laws is the pathway to being a legal resident in the U.S.

    November 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • VACHat

      arale I agree with you. Even more settling. ICE knows where she is and where she will be..she is still an illegal she needs to be deported.

      December 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alejo Sierra

    Why should anyone's interest be taken into consideration before anyone else's? Why not take everyone's interest into consideration? This seems the most sane, efficient and humane. My interest as a citizen, your interest as a legal citizen and Nancy's interest as an extremely gifted student who might even one day convince our lawmakers to fund schools and public education before they fund drone aircraft that kill indiscriminately... why not take all these interests into consideration instead of trying to create false dichotomies that favor some and not others.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jose

    bravo to the young lady.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Edwin-US the new latin America

    I guess us Americans prefer illegals to run around without an education and infested with disease as opposed to getting them an education and having them healthy so that they can TRANSFORM THEIR DILAPIDATING COMMUNITIES, right?

    Minorities already go through many struggles, discrimination, exclusion in their life BUT to be DENIED AN EDUCATION is just INHUMANE.

    The US has this colonizing agenda that we can't seem to let go of and this should be the main thing we pay attention to. Billions of our Tax Dollars fund this 'anti-terrorism war' but is there really a threat? Why worry about a couple thousand harmless students like Nancy who want to better their lives and the lives of those around them.

    November 30, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. what

    What you people don't understand is that she was just a baby when her parents brought her over here. What is she supposed to do, just pack up her things and leave to a country she has never been before?

    November 30, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. AmericanSam

    Whether you think that people who are here illegally should return to their country of origin or not, I think it's best if we both recognize the common humanity and not demean people to the point that we are calling them "illegals." History tends to side with love, and therefore I believe acceptance of people who are escaping miserable conditions in their home countries is inevitable. Hate has a way of destroying itself. I understand the logic against my position. It goes something like, "People who are here illegally are taking our jobs, not paying taxes, and expecting us to give them all sorts of benefits." I guess it makes sense in a way. I just don't think their motives are impure. Many escaped horrible situations, many are working thankless jobs, many are receiving laughable pay, and I'm sure many are very grateful of the opportunity they have to be here, whether legal or otherwise. There are criminals, and then there are people who are here illegally. Broke the law, sure. But bad people? Probably not. We must realize this. And we will.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      No Sam,let me tell you how it really is. I live in a sanctuary state so I've seen the truth. They are ILLEGAL ALIENS who broke the law to come here. The majority have NO love for this country. They honor the Mexican flag, refuse to learn or use English and turn once nice communities into crime ridden ghettos. They cause the cost of healthcare to go up by using our ERs to get treatment for a cold and don't pay for it. We taxpayers are paying for their education and healthcare, while both are too expensive for the average American. Every year American taxpayers pay about $85 Billion dollars toward illegal alien benefits. In my state alone almost $2 Billion is spent every year. I can't afford health insurance or an advanced education because I pay so much in taxes that I have nothing left. These billions of dollars shoud be spent on helping Americans who have lost their jobs, houses and hope to get back on their feet. Our borders need to be secured. Any business who hires an illegal needs to be fined heavily fined. When the work dries up for them, they will leave on their own if we cut off their benefits. All illegal aliens need to be deported (they can take their anchor babies with them). We need to stop making this country bi-lingual. No more signs or automated telephone answering in Spanish. Make English our official language. BTW, my husband is a legal immigrant who learned English before he came here, followed all our laws and does NOT wave the flag of his home country. He worked his way through college. earning 3 Masters degrees, never using any taxpayer money. This amnesty BS is a slap in the face to every immigrant who came here leaglly.

      November 30, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Johnny

        In reality, most people are just looking for a scape goat, but here is the real money count, this is the tax money we need to to get back, $85 million will seem like petty cash compared to this numbers http://money.cnn.com/news/storysupplement/economy/bailouttracker/

        December 1, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      Katie hits the nail on the head, Sam. I'm sorry that you don't understand the gravity of the situation. Ground zero of this debate – the border states – has become critical mass. The DREAM Act is only a piece of this puzzle. But it is such a shady a piece of legislation that if everyone read the details rather than reacting emotionally, they would be appalled that some even drafted it in the first place. Lastly, I'll leave you with one thought – wanting people to follow the law is NOT hatred. Please stop confusing the two. Thank you.

      November 30, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. AmericanSam

    So now a human child is an "anchor baby?" I bet you're against abortion, too. I bet you only really care about white babies. Anchor babies... give me a break. If you're born here, you're a United States citizen. If you don't embrace the growing hispanic population in America, they won't embrace you when they are the majority race in the mid-21st century. Think on that.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bribarian

    This is the stuff that creates the hate. We have a border secure it. If you dont expect things to get worse libt4rds

    November 30, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanSam

      I feel like referring to people as "libt4rds" is kind of hateful. Why not be respectful? The girl seems really nice. She was brought here by her parents. She seems to be really bright. She's not the bad person in this situation just because she wants to go to college. I bet you complain when the batteries in your remote run down. You were lucky to be born here. Why not try to extend that to a younger generation who were brought here by their parents? I just don't get you or people who think like you. Side with love. If we have some immigrants here, it will be ok. Our ancestors came here illegally and killed the people who were here. In fact, many of our current states were once territories of Mexico. So just because we took this land by force doesn't give you the right to think you deserve it more than anyone else. Geez just let the girl go to college!

      November 30, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Wondering

        American Sam......did you even read this article? As much as I appreciate your human side in this debate, I'm surprised that you keep saying, "geez, just let the girl go to college". The girl already earned a masters degree....A MASTERS DEGREE!!!! So what you're saying is that tax payer money should go to her so she can get a doctoral degree??? At one of the most expensive colleges in the country no less! We have already paid over 12 years of free education so she can function to get a masters degree and you think that is not enough? Are you serious? She has it better than most. Since she has a master’s degree in education....get a job, pay taxes, and use your earnings to pay for your own doctoral degree!!!! Don't give me any of that crap about her being illegal and not being able to get a job......the education field has many illegal’s working in it. Since she is so resourceful to get her bachelors and masters....she needs to be resourceful to get her doctoral degree....unbelievable!

        November 30, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Terry G

    1000000% Correct on All ! Americans have no problem with legal immigration. Its the illegal immigration we don't like.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    There's no way the Nightmare Act, AB131, is going to go into effect anyway. A referendum is on its way to repeal it already. Visit stopAB131.com to know more.

    November 30, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanSam

      Ah, Nightmare. I see what you did there. "Oh no! Sending poor hispanic kids to college! What a nightmare!" Get a life.

      November 30, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fletch

    This isn't about hatred, it's about economics. We are already running the largest budget deficit in history during the worst financial climate since the Great Depression. I'm not here to debate how we got here, so spare me the "two illegal wars, Halliburton, evil-Bush" rhetoric. What I'm saying is that we simply can't afford the DREAM Act. We should be cutting spending as it is, and I don't know about you, but I really cannot afford (and don't want) to pay more taxes – for anything, including the education of people that aren't in our country legally. That's the bottom line. The true hatred comes from those of you that try to shut down my side of the discussion by needlessly pulling the race card (which is funny considering Latinos are considered Caucasians).

    November 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • American

      Be real please. This issue has been around way before this deficit, from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the Dream Act. Every generation has the bunch that puts up excuses. Don't try to cloak the bigotry with latinos being caucasian. REMINDER: Latinos aren't the only illegal immigrants entering this country, way to be blatantly racist without even trying. I know you aren't trying to be racist, and I know you mean well but being so one sided is detrimental to our society

      November 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bigotry Isnt Dead

      Economics! Really....your posting here doesnt show that your concern is with the economics of it all....Dont you watch the news? Can you see whats on tv every night?... Over countless cities across this country hundreds and thousands of hard working laid off and foreclosed citizens are protesting who, what......the dream act! Come on....wake up this issue is a drop of water in an overflowing pool....Learn the term... or google it......"Occupy Wall Street"......the 99% vs the filthy rich 1%....the big corporations that ship countless american jobs, the republicans that oppose a single jobs bill, congress that wont help the regular joe by taxing the rich....blame them...not a blameless few

      November 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. AngelicaS

    Dave-

    You're the ignoramous here. Enforcement of our immigration laws (the MOST GENEROUS IN THE WORLD) is not "hate". You demonstrate your lack of education and perspective in advocating the subversion of Amercan immigration laws!

    November 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  17. American

    Remember when your immigrant ancestors came here? They signed there names in the books right? Remember all the hate they encountered so that you can now feel part of this land? The same hate you are slinging at these people,is exactly the same thing "Americans" did to your grandparents. I'm positive they would be ashamed of you

    November 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      Wanting people to follow the law isn't hate.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bigotry Isnt Dead

      The great thing about this is that throughout history when racism and bigotry and persecution against the defenseless few exist, good and reason always prevails. Our independence, the civil war, the holocaust, civil rights movement and now immigration. For every one of you that throws a stone and in fear lash out at at a helpless individuals will see the day that good will prevail...it might take years as it has now, we might see more victims and more bigotry in greater examples....but enduring like our past ancestors and predecessor did.....we'll look to history to see what the outcome will be......victory for the helpless few....just like it always has been! So keep the bashing and hatred going....it part of the process....

      November 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bigotry Isnt Dead

        Im sorry Danielle, you got that wrong....my ancestors didnt come from overseas like yours did...im far from a wetback! Get your geography right! Dont feel so righteous....youre just an immigrant like everyone here! Or im sorry an anchor baby from past generations....Your insults dont do anything, save your breath! Work on your shortcomings, because if youre here, its because youre going thru a difficult time....or phase.....May god forgive you for all you transgressions....

        November 30, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • AngelicaS

      Having immigration laws (the MOST GENEROUS IN THE WORLD) and wanting them enforced instead of violated IS NOT "HATE". What an intellectually dishonest statement. Disgusting!

      November 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      Both of my parents came into this country illegally in the 80's from El Salvador, but I was born in Southern California. I found that I should give something back to this country since my parents came here illegally. I have fought in Iraq twice, currently in Afghanistan and I am former Drill Sergeant. Even though by law I am an American citizen, I know that I have earned that right. I have assisted many Soldiers earn their citizenship while they were fighting for THIS country as well. They plan on getting out after their contract is up.

      In my opinion, illegals MUST be required to complete some sort of military service to earn their citizenship especially during a time of war. Then there really isn't anything anyone can say about them not earning their place here since after all, the men and women that made this country what it is now where illegals themselves.

      For all illegals out there, you should look at what controbution you can make that will benefit this country first (along w/ being legalized), then after you've earned your place in this great country take advantage higher education that will benefit you along w/ the country. You shouldn't automatically belief that all rights are yours because if you don't give something back, what good are you (that goes for all, illegal and legal alike)?

      November 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • AmericanSam

        But what if they don't want to murder people? How about all Americans be required to do some sort of service, whether military or some sort of volunteer thing like Americorp, before going to college? Seems like a good thing to do.

        November 30, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Bigotry Isnt Dead

      Enforcing the law isnt the issue....its the balance of justice and fairness that is at stake....Being a resident of one of the most polarizing states in this Country against immigrants (AZ) I can tell you that laws are made by men with hate and fear. Im a citizen of this country and because my skin color isnt as light as yours, Im wrongly persecuted on a daily basis....Its as if I wear a "star of david" on my clothing or on my car window to let everyone know my ethnicity....have you ever thought of living that way? How and what would you know? Its all ignorance.....every single one of your comments....born out of ignorance and fear!

      November 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • AmericanSam

        @Bigotry Don't worry with her. She is extremely radical and would probably never say this to your face. The Internet does strange things to people. America does not hate you. America embraces you.

        November 30, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • AngelicaS

      It is not "hate" to be against granting taxpayer-funded rewards for immigration lawbreaking! Your statements are utterly intellectually dishonest and not very "American". We have rules (a/k/a the "law"). Those laws are THE MOST GENEROUS IN THE WORLD. They must be enforced. What you advocate is granting an advantage to the lawbreakers at the direct expense and harm to the lawabiders!

      November 30, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  18. Stu Jordan

    Dave – The resources needed to do what you state could be used for citizens. Have you seen the poverty rate in America? Have you seen the unemployment numbers? The integrity of public education? The homelessness? Those who are going hungry? Did you grow up dirt poor in America like me? I am still poor after fighting to get through college and a ten year run in the rat race. Things are tough all over. Why not give our children a fighting chance first? Your intentions are noble, but misplaced considering there's not enough to go around.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Danielle

    I have a masters degree, why do people with an IQ of 12 always think anyone who doesn't want their country to be invaded are 'uneducated'?

    November 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Stu Jordan

    When every American citizen's child is sheltered, fed, clothed and educated....then we can have a thoughtful discussion of how to grant citizenship to those who legally apply.

    Those who are here illegally are actually taking steps, purposely or not, to take away shelter, food, clothing and education from the citizens' children of this nation. The money that flows to illegal aliens is money that could have been used to make a brighter future for the children that are here legally. There's no valid argument that runs contrary to that statement.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      Exactly.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bren

      I agree. This country is broke . Newt says anyone whose been here 25 years deserves to stay .Americans , please remember . There have been 3 amnesties in the last 25 years . Starting with Reagan . Anyone here illeagly now needs to be deported . Wish we could get that message out to Newt and all Americans . Please people , help remind others about the 3 amnisties they have already been given . Along with their children . If it's a hardship for the familes , well i'm sorry , but no one told them to come here illegaly and start popping out babies . These familes only have themselves to blame for their deportation . Yes , if it were me i too would come and with my family . But i would not come illegaly . And i would be American through and through . I would learn to speak english , pay taxes , and fly the American flag ,Proudly, not suck off the teet of America and American tax payers . And i certainly would not fly the flag of a rat hole country. My aleigence would be to my new country . NO MORE ANCHOR BABIES , no nothing for any illegals until you come through the front door , like everyone else who has been standing in line (at the front door

      December 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. kindmaryjane

    What hateful, black hearts some of you people have. Go back to Fox News where you can be with your own kind.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dave

    I'd rather have her than a hateful jerk like you.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Brian

    Interesting; you’re right, illegal children shouldn’t have to pay for the crimes of their illegal parent’s, but that means that we as American’s do? Their illegal parent’s pray on our system because it’s so lax and people like you can’t even suck it up and stand on principle; illegal is illegal and we’re not paying for it. As for lazy a**, watch your mouth; our student loan debt crises isn’t because mommy and daddy are paying for our schooling, the majority of us legal students have to take out student loans to pay for college. Lazy, stupid or unskilled American workers? You have to be medicated, that’s the only explanation I have for your ridiculous comments. It’s because these fraud companies are hiring them at lower wages, not because us Americans are lazy, stupid or unskilled, you ignoramus.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu Jordan

      I agree completely. When every American citizen's child is sheltered, fed, clothed and educated....then we can have a thoughtful discussion of how to grant citizenship to those who legally apply.

      Those who are here illegally are actually taking steps, purposely or not, to un-shelter, un-feed, un-cloth and un-educate the citizens' children of this nation. The money that flows to illegal aliens is money that could have been used to make a brighter future for the children that are here legally. There's no valid argument that runs contrary to that statement.

      November 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jpmlc

    Shouldn't a legal US immigrant, meaning a person that came here and became a citizen, be helping other foreigners get into this country the legal way? Looks like the US and others are helping all the wrong people, as usual. Just realize, in the long run, you are just a vote.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Stu Jordan

    They are criminals. ILLEGAL ALIENS. They have committed a felony. Same as stealing a car or raping someone. Felony is a felony. Never mind these felons are driving down the wages of legal citizens. How many U.S. citizens convicted of stealing cars and for rape are responsible for driving down real wages in this country? Illegal aliens reduce the standard of living in America...think!

    November 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • gnomad

      Guess you've seen a baby crawl across the border illegally? post it on youtube I'd love to see it too.

      As for driving down wages – this has all to do with shoppers going to walmart and other cheap stores to buy everything NOT made in America by Americans. Every time you shop you make a choice – most people don't care – that is the problem that is driving down middle class and working class wages as for the rest – wages have gone up haven't you heard?? Times aren't actually that bad you've probably been watching too much Fox tv.

      - once again there isn't enough time or space here for me to educate you on this topic – go read!

      November 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu Jordan

      You must be an illegal alien. Go back home...

      November 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • gnomad

      No. I'm a HARD working, college educated American, with a good job, you sound so uptight, don't blame the world for you're short comings. Bitter party of 1??

      November 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neil Stenton

      Stu Jordan – A hardworking immigrant (illegal or otherwise) can be an asset to America. But wait....who is paying them these low wages and driving down the quality of life for the rest of us? That's right – AMERICANS. You can't blame all these people for wanting to come the the U.S. You can blame bona-fide American citizens who offer them jobs that should go to their fellow countrymen.

      So who would you rather hate on Stu? Illegal immigrants or the Americans who actually hire them over guys like you and me?

      November 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu Jordan

      Neil – When we have 9% unemployment there's NO excuse for illegal aliens. With 0.0% unemployment...still NO excuse for illegal aliens. You have to acknowledge the law first.

      I have busted my tail in school and in the work place, IT consultant, to only wind up in a chicken processing plant making peanuts. While our government hands out H1B visas like they were chocolate kisses many citizens simply have NO jobs. You wish to place illegal aliens before citizens? Cause that is exactly what's happening in American.

      November 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jason

    As an American citizen and a student, I hardly get enough aid to pay for school, and my family can't afford the difference. I'm going to a simple "cheap" (compared to other schools) state university. This is a common issue. If there's not enough aid to help our own citizens to go to school, why are we going to be helping people who are here illegally to achieve the same goals? I don't see why a Mexican should be able to achieve the "American Dream" when plenty of -legal- citizens are struggling and unable . If they want help so bad then take the time and put in the effort to become legal!

    November 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu Jordan

      I agree with you completely! There is no shortage of workers with educations. We have too many. Flooding the college graduate pool with illegal aliens will make things worse...not better. Anyone who thinks different is either brain dead or in search of the hispanic vote :(

      November 29, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • gnomad

        If there are SO many college educated people than why do people like Bill Gates have to beg the government each year for more foreign worker visas, he can't find Highly Skilled workers – there are not enough college educated people, that is why the unemployment rate is so high. There jobs are out there, people are just too lazy to study and work hard.

        November 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jones

        Bill Gates loves to hire H1B slaves who will work for lower wages than a highly qualified American

        November 29, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Stu Jordan

        Well, I happen to be a displaced IT worker. So, I can tell you there's TOO many IT workers unemployed for Bill Gates to use that lame LIE. He, like many company owners, want CHEAP foreign labor that they can abuse. Hire a foreign IT worker for half the pay then promise them raises, bonuses and promotion for three years...while delivering them nothing. That, unfortunately, is how it works. NO shortage of IT workers...just the opposite.

        November 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frisky Alexander

      because she earned it. She was either smarter than you or worked harder than you or both. She earned the acceptance letters, she earned the scholarships. You didn't.

      November 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Person

    Illegal Immigrants are not the problem, some of your views are just so horrendous. I am here legally and so is my family, and everyone should have equal rights. YOU DO NOT OWN THIS COUNTRY. I don't care if you are legal or not, half the illegal immigrants probably have rough jobs and most likely work harder then your lazy selves. You are spoiled America in a whole is spoiled we think everything is ours. Unless you fought with George Washington, or you are a veteran you did very little for our country. Half of you complaining about illegals are you forgetting those worthless people that are on welfare taking all your money. Yeah I may only be 14, but some of you are just plain stupid and uneducated.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu Jordan

      I agree that every citizen should get equal rights. Illegal aliens are not citizens. The broke the law to be here. Do you think shoplifters and rapists should have their criminal records wiped clean? Then have those shoplifters and rapists drive down the wages of those already in the workforce who never broke the law?

      November 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      If you are 14, then you should be up in arms about this.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fletch

        ...because the DREAM Act may very well impact your ability to pay for college, too.

        November 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Brian

    "she discovered another passion – advocating for immigrant rights" – CNN really meant to say "advocating for illegal immigrant rights". So now California is going to be giving public funds to educate someone further, who wants to advocate for illegal immigrant rights? You're going to throw public money for this student to advocate for people who broke the law?...someone pinch me, I have to be dreaming.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Person

      *Pinch* No you are not, try living in Mexico, then try to become someone in life. (:

      November 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        And that means what? Your lack of clarity is confusing.

        November 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Stu Jordan

        Trying growing up poor white trash in America...then becoming someone in life. It's hard all over. Doesn't excuse felony counts of illegal immigration. Why not grant amnesty to all felons? Why should illegal immigrants get a break when no one else does?

        November 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. JemimaPD

    There is a finite amount of grant money available, and it shouldn't be available to illegal immigrants. (thank you Fletch)

    They can study all they want on a foreign student visa, paying whatever the school charges. If they cannot afford it, they should look for a school they can afford.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  30. FFFF

    SO even as educated as she has become;She is still an advocate for her law breaking counter-parts. F-this woman . For every Illegal scholar I can show 50 plus legal ones. CNN needs to stop with the liberal law breakig agenda...

    November 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  31. poncho

    well,well,well

    November 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mah

    I wish I could slap some of you people.

    November 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kumar

      I'll slap a monkey.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • poncho

      I luv that kind of talk

      November 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Person

      I agree with you. These people here are as ignorant as a 5 year old. You can't compare illegal immigration to rape, etc. Some of them came here when they were young and had no idea of what was happening. They came here for a better life, they work hard and do the jobs you lazy people wouldn't even think about doing. They struggle day in and day out to make a living. Shouldn't the colonists be considered illegal immigrants? Didn't they come here and take land? I'm a legal citizen who was born here and I welcome people who want a better future for themselves and their children and family.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  33. Mike

    Whats hilarious about the replies is the fact that every one of you are illegal immigrants as well. This isnt your country. It belonged to someone else and you stole it from them. Now why dont you go back to your country!

    November 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rightful Citizen

      I am not illegal. I was born her, my parent's were were born here and so on and so forth. And my ancestors gave their names when entering the country, they didn't hide in a freight car, sneak past armed guards or lie their way into the country. They didn't need an anchor baby as my family helped make this country. You are ridiculous. And either liberal or illegal yourself. Illegals should not have a right to money that is paid for and funded by those that belong here.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • aslan83

        yeah, your ancestors killed bunch of indians, took over the land and gave the rest of the them casinos

        November 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tamera

      I did not steal this land. I was born here. I live here legally.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • poncho

      Agree, CNN needs to stop crying over these illegals and to stop their biased reporting

      November 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngelicaS

      What an asinine statement Mike!

      November 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • FFFF

      More libtard apologists....

      November 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      That's such a tired argument.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Kumar

    YEAH SEND THEM MEXICANS BACK TO AFRICA!

    November 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  35. 26009

    WE live in the Pacific NW not far from the coast. There is a community near here that was built to house lumber mill workers. They bought the homes and had a nice, peaceful neighborhood.

    My daughter bought one of the homes. She raised my grandsons there.

    Now she is being driven out by the Mexicans threatening her and her neighbors. They stand outside and yell at the whites and the People of the Frist Nation ( who were here long before white man), they throw their garbage into her yard,, they terrified her dog (an old lab) until he was afraid to go out into her well fenced back yard and much more. They tell anyone who is not a Mexican that it's now their neighborhood to get out if they know whats good for them.
    And to make matters worse, it's all done at night so there is no way she can call the police for help. None of the Mexican saw or heard a thing.

    And you think that it's good for illegals to be here. Just wait until they go after your children.

    November 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beatriz

      This makes no sense at all! Really? Are you so low as to fabricate these stories to scare people? WHY ON EARTH would MEXICANS (and of course you know that they are indeed Mexicans) go about threatening people like that? Are you saying they bought off the police too and are confident they won't get arrested? Wow, those Mexicans are really becoming something! How about you call the police (day or night) and make a compliant. How about you record what they are doing and send it the media...if its true. Or better yet, how about you stop spreading over exaggerated stories or plain out fabrications?!!?!

      November 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • 26009

        Sorry that you think that it's a lie. Sorry that you think that our police are so corrupt in this small area that they are bought out. I know them and you insult them!!
        I only told the truth. I'm sorry that you can't believe that something like what my family is going through wouldn't happen here. It is.

        November 29, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  36. PeteH

    I don't feel sorry for this girl. She shouldn't be blaming the American people for not wanting to foot the bill foot her college tuition when they can't even afford to send their own kids to college. She should be asking her mother "Why did you do this to me? You lied. You cheated. You stole. Now I have to pay for it."

    It is not the fault of the American people that the parents of these kids broke the law, nor is it the responsibility of the American people to cover for the transgression.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      This girl has no one to blame but her Mother, period.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  37. 26009

    What this illegal wants to fight for is to make this country, which is not her country, into what she wants. Just as all of them do. They want our laws changed to suit them.

    She and others like her don't feel one bit of guilt that they have taken from this country.

    They disgust me and I'll vote for any body who will send them all back to what ever country they came from.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Whats funny is that this isnt your country either. All Americans are here illegally. You to sir are a immigrant.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        Actually Mike you are incorrect. You can't be illegal in a country that didn't have an established government or laws to begin with so save that ridiculous argument for some other ignoramous. As for stealing the land...during that time people were still fighting wars for land and the strong survived; was it right?...that's for another debate. We American's made this great country what it is!

        November 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Person

        If it was so great, then why does this country have so many problems. We have 50 million people without health insurance. We have people who are so lazy that live off of welfare. There aren't enough jobs, etc. No country is perfect.

        November 30, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  38. Jeff

    It's hard for me to get past the situation of receiving a lot of education for career opportunities though still unable to legally hold a job.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. BOBBB

    The NUMBER ONE issue to tackle which incidentally will solve five major national financial problems at once is ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. The best way to CREATE JOBS is to deport all illegal immigrants NOW. First that will create thousands and thousands of seriously needed immigration and border patrol agent jobs right off the bat. Second, as the illegal immigrants are removed and deported the jobs they leave will be available for TRUE AMERICANS. Third, by having TRUE AMERICANS employed then the TAXES WILL BE PAID to the government (instead of the employers of illegal immigrants keeping that money to avoid being detected for employing illegal immigrants). Fourth, by deporting illegal immigrants we SAVE OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR as a nation since hard working TRUE AMERICANS currently pay taxes to support THE HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE BEING USED BY THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO WILL NO LONGER BE HERE. (NOT COINCIDENTALLY THIS IS ALMOST EXACTLY EQUAL TO OUR ANNUAL NATIONAL BUDGET DEFICIET) Fifth, we won't be spending real taxpayer dollars on health (including anchor babies) education and welfare on multiple fraudulent/fake identifications for each of these individuals. And finally, as a BIG BONUS it will prove to America and the rest of the world that we are serious about getting our country back on our feet which is the biggest inducement (GLOBAL CONSUMER CONFIDENCE) that will be immediately affected. America and the world need to witness this confidence. Finally, we will show everyone we are serious about protecting our country and our borders from terrorists.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Not always the case. Look at Alabama. A lot of illegal immigrants have left the state and there still arent any jobs available. Its actually causing companies to leave the state, which in turn is taking away jobs.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        Which is probably a good thing; illegals leaving the state + companies leaving the state = (to me) the companies leaving the state were probably hiring the illegals at low wages and didn't want to hire anyone at a normal wage. I say good. I hope the companies that hire them go bankrupt and never do business again.

        November 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Person

      Just to point out, illegal immigrants don't have access to welfare since they don't have a social security number. Tell me what true american that you speak of will mow lawns, work on farms, clean public bathrooms. Shows your ignorance.

      November 30, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Dave

        If you don't think illegals are getting welfare Junior, you are DREAMing. Come back when you grow up.

        November 30, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  40. bob

    Nancy, if you're going to be upset at somebody, it should be your mom. She brought you here illegally and didn't even tell you until it was too late.

    Jerry Brown, giving away citizens money when there are thousands of poor citizens who'd love to go to college. What a rube...

    November 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  41. REH

    I am so tired of these stories. Come to this country the right way or get out. Maybe I should send a couple of my kids to Mexico and have them apply for college grants.....Let me stop laughing!!!!!!! My son is a US Marine and may depoyed to defend our country and he may die doing it. Then I have to read these articles. Makes me sick.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Ali999

    Illegal aliens who want to go to college here can return to their home countries before age 18 1/2 and apply for foreign student visas. Someone who is bright enough to get into Harvard (which subsidizes the students it does admit) should surely be bright enough to figure that out.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  43. kuate

    1. when did living in U.S.A become a right to everyone in the world?
    It's nobody's right to live here. It's a choice some are fortunate to make, and others, like the dreamer's here, that didnt get to choose to be here. Most were young kids.
    2. What made her and other ILLEGALS so... special that they can ignore the law of the country.
    Other illegal's..nothing. What makes HER special is that she was a kid when she came here and therefore never made the decision to break the law. She is here now and is part of our society, educated here, and raised here. This to her, is home because this is all she's ever been exposed to.
    3. If we allow these people a "path to citizenship: through this Nightmare Act. what about all those just as smart young people who are trying to get here via legal means? Do we tell them "screw you, too bad that you followed the rules".
    No, you don't tell them 'screw you'. Those laws can remain as such. The path for citizenship is for kids that ARE ALREADY HERE and have or are going through an education. The keyword here is "ALREADY HERE" followed with the understanding they were here as kids.
    4. If she is willing to ignore the law when it suits her? what makes we think she will obey all other laws when she becomes a citizen, when some of those laws doesn't suit her?
    For starters, what makes anybody think that anybody will obey the laws? Citizen, Resdients, Legal, and Illegal immigrants cannot give anybody assurance. As far as ignoring the law when it suits her, well that's expected from anyone fighting for a civil right. The law once said black people had to ride in the back of the bus.... The law once said women could not vote. People stand up for rights when its a civil right. In this case, even though she is not here legally, she is a member of society because society has accepted her. She deserves the right to be able to get a driver's license, drive a car without feeling like one traffic stop can get her deported, the right to support herself instead of looking for a handout. These are all right that people in our country have fought for. In your case, your first generation immigrant so I can understand how you lack of history can challenge an unbiased view.
    5. She worked, that is breaking the law, her mother worked, that is breaking the law, if she didn't file taxes (she works for cash), she is breaking the law, if she files taxes (likely stole some one else' SSN) that is also breaking the law. should she be punished for that? Well for starters, this is a land of opportunity. If she found a job by doing 'self-employment' then more power to her as there are many many U.S. Citizens that prefer the handout us taxpayers give. As far as paying taxes, she can ...but like any other good accuountant, she probably made peanuts. Take away the expenses from earnings and she will owe hardly anything.... just ask any accountant.
    6. If we allow the current ILLEGALs a "path to citizenship", what about the the next 12 million? and the next?
    That's the issue at stake. The border needs to be strenghtened to reduce this number. And once that is done, then path to citizenship, or path to residence whatever you want to call it should happen in parallel. One cannot get bipartisan support without the other.
    7. If any other young person in the world want to study in U.S. via Legal means, they will have to pay full international tuition, Why should she get instate tuition? So... it is clearly cheaper to break the law.
    This is a state choice. However, here is the understanding... an illegal here is more than likely here due to poor economic conditions etc....in other words, the reason their family came here to begin with. So no money + no right to work, makes it super difficult to afford tuition. More power to those that can...but unlikely. On your end, you may have come here legally but your parents were probably not poor. Your a fortuante kid and your life is beautiful as you dont have to live in hiding. Others though, did not have the stars line up the way they did for you and life is tough for some more than others. This is fair as i see it. Im a U.S Citizen...I would rather educate the kids we have here now and make them productive to society, versus not having them grow in society. As far as other foreign nationals wanting to come here for education, well, there are plenty of other countries with better economic opportunities and schools, which brings us to your first question, "1. when did living in U.S.A become a right to everyone in the world?" so....how about you answer that one for us as you must have had tons of options when you made your choice to leave your country, yet you chose U.S.A.

    8 -I don't hate these people, I understand why they want to do this, the only thing I am asking for is fairness. If my parents had to spend thousands of dollars to get me here, If I had to spend more than three years apart from my parents. WHY DOES SHE GET THE SPECIAL TREATMENT?

    You sound like your hateful but trying to backpedal. And again to my point, if your parents spent thousands of dollars to get you here, then you were a fortunate kid and your parents loved you much...good for them that they had the resources to get you here. However, keep in mind that these kids also came here because their parents loved them so much... only difference is their parents were poor and went sacrificed their lives getting here to get their kids here. Would your parents have done the same for you if your contry of origin bordered the US and had no money?... if they loved you and wanted the best for you.... then probably Yes.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • echo40

      Kuate:
      My parents had money... haha that is a laugh... Let me tell you a story, when I got here, my family's income makes me eligible for reduced lunch in my high school. Instead of apply for government aid as soon we arrive at this country, my mother who was a university professor went to work as a nurses aid. so... there... we didn't have money, but we chose to follow the rules... get it??? W

      November 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • kuate

      We'll you said your parents paid thousands of dollars.... sounds like that probalby thousands of dollars more than the parents of these kids. But anyhow.. my points are made and valid. Nothing personal against you.. .just gave you valid reasons why many of us Citizens support the Dream Act. Whether or not you choose to support the society that you now live with is up to you. Can't win them all.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • kuate

      And to Dave, this is America. Lots of people are above the law. There is plenty of wiggle room. You just need to have money, influence, or a strong following of pople to scare the perception of judges etc, and many people do. Perfect example. Lindsey Lohan for starters. :p And I agree on your mexico point, they have laws too.... but mexico is super corrupt. Anybody can bribe their way into the system in that country.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Sickofthiscrap

    Someone forgot to tell her parents that MEXICO has universities.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • aslan83

      read the article buddy

      November 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Ryan

    Echo,
    The DREAM Act isn't as broad sweeping as you are picturing it. The act specifies that people who receive these benefits must have been brought to the country before they were 16 and have lived in the country for 5 years before the bill's enactment. Basically, this bill targets a population that did not choose to come here, but were brought by their parents. These students didn't do anything wrong, but they have no future in the current system. That is what the DREAM Act tries to correct. It doesn't just hand out amnesty to anyone who crosses the border, but rather aids people who have been in the country for a large portion of their life, have proven themselves good students, and have "good moral character."

    To your point about taxes:
    The California State Dream Act (Different from the federal bill I discussed above) requires that recipients of benefits have paid taxes to the state. It is a common misconception that Illegal Immigrants cannot do this without a SSN, but in reality, they can use a Taxpayer Identification Number to pay. This can be done with cash jobs just like a waiter pays taxes on their tips. Obviously I have no idea if the woman in the article paid taxes, I'm just saying there is a process for Illegal Immigrants to contribute. Not all of them do, and those that avoid taxes do not deserve these benefits. But there are people who have worked hard, paid taxes, and educated themselves that deserve a chance.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      What Ryan also fails to mention is that the age limit for the DREAM Act is 35, and pretty much any school – including the ever-shady for profit "universities" – is accepted under the act. Those two tenants alone prove that his is nothing more than a hidden amnesty bill. So it's much broader than anyone posting here imagines.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali999

      Ryan also fails to mention that the Dream Act that passed the House a year ago would have given 10-year work visas to 2.1 million illegal aliens just for applying. No penalties for fraud. Moreover, do we really think that those who never completed 2 years of college classes or military service would ever have been deported? Or their parents?

      November 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Getajob101

    WoW! I guess its true when they say, "Ignorance is bliss"...Now that unemployment is at its highest and peoples morale is at its lowest is when we actually see the true nature of society. But seriously "ignorance" is no excuse. Do you know how hard it is to be considered for a scholarship to an Ivy leage school. Do you think theyre handed out on the basis of color, race, ethnicity or economic status.....No! Solely on academic performance....Does anyone know what that takes? Work alot of work. So for anyone to be bashing on an illegal who will contribute more to this economy once she's able to put her degree to work than most of us in a lifetime is ludicrous! Fact of the matter is....latinos do the work that americans dont want to do....if you really want to work....I hear the agriculture industry is short staffed. Go ahead and try the 15hr a day job for less than minimum picking a vegetable of your choice....i seriously doubt you'll fight for that job!

    November 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sick of it

      I work in an office that processes applications for schools and jobs. We have 5 categories. females , Hispanic upper mental group, Black upper mental group, Asian pacislander upper mental group, and other.
      The base score in order to qualify is 65 /55 /55 /65 /and other is 90. So one must be almost perfect to be accepted as an other. The scores are so the school doesn't violate discrimination laws so we have to grant a free pass on lower scores just to make numbers. I've seen someone from the other group with a score of 95 get turned down so we could hire 2 with a lower combined score. Thats the true America nobody will talk about least of all CNN.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Dave

    You get loans and the GI bill to make collage's? WOW! (just playing around...)

    November 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Patti

    Most of you commenting here, simply don't know how scholarships work, do you? NOWHERE in the article is there mention that she is getting tax-funded aid. If only most of you put the same energy into understanding the complexities of the issues at hand, this whole immigration debate would be solved. While you are all wanting to close the door on intelligent, hard working individuals, there is a HUGE number of convicts who are truly using TAX PAYER money to receive healthcare, and food and clothes. Am I saying these folks are getting designer jeans no, but these guys while their freedom is deny they have more benefits than the student portrayed here. Wonder how she took care of healthcare while going to school? Everyone needs to take a step back and THINK about this before posting.

    Nancy keep going as far as your intellect will allow you to, you're doing an awesome job. If the U.S. doesn't want you here to offer you a chance at a job, then take your talent and dedication to a place where you will be appreciated. This country is leaking talent like it is no one's business the comments in this blog, are proof of what we are being left with.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      This isn't about scholarships, which are merit based and usually funded privately if I'm not mistaken. This is about GRANTS, which are need based and do not require repayment. There is a finite amount of grant money available, and it shouldn't be available to illegal immigrants.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fletch

        First of all, you might want to get he correct use of "your" and "you're" down (nevermind "than" and "then") before calling anyone's comment ignorant. Nobody is discussing a merit based scholarship – this isn't even really about this one student. It's about the DREAM Act, which would give illegal immigrants access to tax payer funded grants. With only a certain amount of those funds available, they should go to legal residents. Do you even understand the issue? Or are you just some ranting lunatic?

        November 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      and you Patti, I am guessing, have never been in a public classroom in this country where MUCH of our resources- TAX PAYERS MONEY, is spent on ESL classes, remedial classes, discipline issues, health care, supplies, food, etc. for people that are here illegally. Maybe it is you who should spend some time in the real world. Are you college educated? If so, who paid for yours? Be honest...

      November 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathie L

      Oh give me a BREAK. We HAVE to house convicts, it's the LAW. You know, the element that's being BROKEN by these "aspiring" kids who take scholarships of which there is a LIMITED NUMBER? Wait till she takes the one YOUR kid, who is an AMERICAN, should have had.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jewels

      BLAH! BLAH! And BLAH! who needs them...why don't they demand their own government to provide for them and help their own people and country....I am so sick of them wanting everything their way!!!! this isn't American anymore there changing this country into another MEXICO and we the Americans are paying for it!!!!

      November 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  49. 123abc

    I am very sorry that the yound lady in the story had a law breaking mother but I have been an American Citizen my whiole life. I am currently paying $5200/semester for my daughter to go to college for which I am working a second job. I would have gotten assistance if Governor O'Malley had not pulled the same crap giving instate tuition and assistance to illegals. That took it away from my deserving daughter and many other deserving AMERICAN BORN citizens. I cannot afford to continue paying what I am paying so unless she gets some assistance she will be going to a community college which does not offer a combined special ed/elementary ed major. She has worked hard and deserves to come before people who are not here legally and you are rewarding them for breaking the law at my daughter's and thousands of other 18-21 year olds expense. I am a christian person but you cannot come here legally and expect people to welcome you with open arms. These young people are stealing benefits from our own American children. SO anybody who is for the Dream Act obviously is only after the votes of people who if they make legal citizens will possibly vote for them. Let's remember that OUR American born and raised students deserve fist "dibs" and anyone who is not a legal citizen should have to go thru the entire process of becoming a citizen before they get any benefits. I am quite sure that if my daughter and I went to Mexico without papers and I tried to get my daughter into college for free there, they would lock us both up. Americans should be our elected officials FIRST PRIORITY!

    November 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • US guard

      And even worse – You and I pay for the tuition of Illegals. All those funds come from State where our taxes are collected

      November 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I totally agree...and your daughter wants to be an educator? I have been one for 14 years, and I am still paying back my loans for a bachelors and masters that I pay for all on my own. I searched high and low for ANY money for my masters. I found one $500 grant-if I was to write a five page essay about what it was like to live with a crack addicted mother. No, my mother is not a crack addict. I could not find a dime, so I may be leaving the profession for some oddly higher paying job like a casino pit boss.
      I am white, male, and was born in Illinois. I can not get a dime for any of my education. My dad died when I was 14-not a dime. The fact that any one would propose such an idea as this dream act joke makes me utterly disgusted and on the brink of vomitting.
      And yes, if you cross into Mexico and get caught....my buddy did by accident on an ATV with his ten year old son. Six months in prison and his parents paid about $100,000 they let him go home. What a crock....

      November 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngelicaS

      Yes 123abc- Your governor sold the citizens of Maryland out in favor of the lawbreakers. The good news is that the good citizens of Maryland stopped the "Maryland Dream [a/k/a nightmare] Act" from going into effect when they signed DOUBLE the number of pettiions to stop this nightmare legislation. Instead, the issue will be on the ballot in the November 2012 General Election in Maryland. At that time, the citizens of Maryland can vote to stop the insanity, side with the citizens of Maryland and against the lawbreakers and their advocates (like Casa de Maryland- and organization whose purpose is to subvert American immigration laws).

      Americans across the political spectrum (including this life-long Democrat) are DEMANDING enforcement of our immigration laws–laws that are the most generous in the world). We reject rewards for lawbreakers. The Democratic party, which has decided to sell out the American worker in favor of the lawbreakers will LOSE BIG IN 2012!

      A government which refuses to enforce its own laws is INTOLERABLE!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  50. app

    Illegal immigrants getting financial aid. good. Why not extend the same benefits to legal immigrants. Students who come to US on work visas. Atleast, they dont swim across and live here and be a burden on the tax system.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Marco

    All the luck to this student. Please support the DREAM ACT. We must invest in our country and those that work hard to make it what it is. Too many US citizens fail to appreciate our educational system and cost us all much more when they don't graduate from high school or go to college. If we are so concerned with law breakers we should turn our attention to those that cheat on their taxes. We might find ourselves in a better place economically.

    Thank God for young people like Nancy. We will continue to be a great country because of her perseverance.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  52. Joy_Oblivion

    I am a believer in God, I do understand the complexity of Nancy's situation but I still feel that people need to take a step back and understand that she was sneaked into this country as a baby. Knowing the fact that she worked herself through college (undergraduate degree) signifies that perhaps she simply does not have enough money for an immigration lawyer to handle her case. I feel sorry for her and I hope this situation takes a turn for the better.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  53. Fletch

    I tried to reply to your "econ" post. Something funny is happening with the internet – probably all of the holiday shopping. The short answer is that I don't know how I feel about you idea – because it made zero sense, and it didn't address what the real issue is. The discussion on the table is the DREAM Act, which will come out of my pocket. See, I don't care about black, white, or brown – I care about GREEN. Simply put, we can't afford the DREAM Act, and any tax money set aside for financial aid should go to legal residents.

    To answer your other question – what makes me so American? Well I was born in America to a US citizen and a resident alien (ie green card holder) who eventually obtained US citizenship. Is that good enough for you? Or are you trying to pull that discussion into some emotional debate that means NOTHING?

    Look, dude, your inaccurate post was littered with "ignorant white folk" language. So your credibility was suspect to begin with. Then you started insulting me when you could best my points, so you further marginalized yourself. Just give up already! You are just wrong, and you're looking worse by the minute.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  54. Brad

    Wait a minute... You're telling me that this girl got to go to undergraduate, graduate, and now a PhD program all on US taxpayer money? I don't care if her parents brought her here and "never told her she was an illegal" (which I am sure is pure BS). I live in California, and I know when I went to undergraduate, I sure didn't get taxpayer money to go and I pay taxes!!! What a crock of horse poo. I am so sick of these "poor me" stories. Guess what, life isn't fair. I work hard to provide for my family, I don't need to provide for a bunch of free loaders.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • ef

      You didn't get any scholarships because you didn't have good enough grades. If you had, you would have qualified too. She didn't get scholarships because of her status, she got them because of her intelligence.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
      • aslan83

        well said! She was accepted at Harvard to! I think brad is just jealous

        November 29, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • aslan83

      how are they free loaders when they work below minumum wage? Fact of the matter is we been enjoying discounted price of fruits and vegetables for the past 30 years. Talk is cheap but I assure you if they weren't benefitting this country they would have been all deported by now. But since no-one I know would be ok paying 10 dollars a pound for tomatoes, we keep them here, illegally, the way we like it.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      I can't speak for Brad, but I am a veteran – and I pay a helluva lot more than $1,000 in taxes. But that's beside the point – not one dime of Brad's $1,000 (by your insulting estimation) should be paying for the education of illegal immigrants, not when legal immigrants will be denied that same benefit.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • US guard

      Yes Brad,
      many people come here LEGALLY. I came long ago legally, worked at night, studied during the day, trying to get my dream fulfillled. And I made it. Now many illegalls come here and get a better education, never pay any taxes, tell their sleesy stories and get more money from US citizens. I think its time for Congress and alike to act FOR the US citizens, not AGAINST us.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dave

        Nice job US....thanks for the service.

        November 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  55. JOSE0311USMC

    I AGREE. IF YOU ARE PRO IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT LIKE ME, YOU ARE RACISTS . WELL AM LATINO, CAN'T ACCUSE ME OF BEING RACISTS. I'M LOOKING OUT FOR AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST..LEGAL IMMIGRATION SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN, WE NO LONGER HAVE THE JOBS TO CONTINUE WITH LEGAL IMMIGRATION..I ALSO FAVOR U.S. TROOPS ON THE SOUTH BORDER AND COMPLETE THE BORDER FENCE.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  56. ICE Officer

    I work for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If this young lady really wants to have her status made legal the quickest way possible she needs to do the following.

    Go to her closets ICE Office and demand to be placed into removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge.

    She will be scheduled for a hearing and can have her status adjusted by the Immigration Judge to that of a legal permanent resident. The requirement for this is good moral character and 10 years of continuous residence in the United States. Pretty easy huh!!!

    She will have no problem other than the fact ICE has been ORDERED to not place non-criminals into removal proceedings because it will clog the system.

    I have no problem with Latino immigrants. I do have a problem with ILLEGAL immigrants. Contrary to popular belief we have people from all over the world enter the United States illegally through our border with Mexico.

    I am sick of people demonizing those opposed to ILLEGAL immigration as bigots and racists. We are a nation of laws. We cannot pick and choose which laws can be ignored or we will have anarchy. I believe in honoring, obeying and sustaining the law. I enforce the Immigration laws of this country. If the laws change I will do the same as I do now, enforce them fairly and equitably without regard to race, creed, color or religion as I have sworn an oath to do.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Arllwyr

      You are clearly not an ICE officer or you would know that it is not merely ten years and good moral character, it is also "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship" to a US citizen or permanent resident parent, child, or spouse. If this girl is not married, has no kids, and has undcoumneted parents, she doesn't quailfy. Even if she had a US citizen or resident family memeber, that person basically has to have a life threatening medical condition to even be considered for the program you appear to be talking about. Stop spreading misinformation.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
      • ICE Officer

        You are right about one thing. She needs to marry a US citizen first. Then she will qualify. BTW I have worked for INS/ICE for 15 years. For the first 7+ years I provided security in our detention centers court. I have seen many people granted status with the bare minimum of qualifications.

        November 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • John Randolph

        And Arllw if you knew what you were talking about you would know that Nancy clearly should qualify for prosecutorial discretion under Obama's new deportation guidelines. Obviously with the GOV there are no guarantees. Yet if I were Nancy I would do just as the ICE officer suggested, and also take a copy of ICE Director John Morton's memo with her. http://www.ice.gov/doclib/secure-communities/pdf/prosecutorial-discretion-memo.pdf

        November 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arllwyr

      John Randolph – I'm sorry, but you are wrong. Even a grant of prosecutorial discretion does not get her legal status or authorization to work legally, it simply means that ICE won't prosecute her case. If she's not already in deportation proceedings, why would she request prosecutorial discretion? The memo does not create any path to legal status, it only indicates which cases ICE will focus on and which ones it will leave in limbo.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Cordmama

    Nancy I wish you all that you have worked so hard for.
    For all of you stuck on "illegal" vs "legal", put yourself in her shoes for one moment...to find out you weren't born in the US until you're 16 after all the hard work done in school...you would be asked for help too. She's been accepted to Harvard! Obviously she is a smart, hard-working young lady, why wouldn't we want her to get an education here and use her talents to make our country a better place??

    November 29, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • halaluya

      Here we go again.. What about the people that want to enter the country legally and have to wait years to come in?
      The Dream Act is an illegal alien " butt in the legal immigrant line" proposal. Gov Brown is a clown.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Candycorn

      The solution is simple. Give Nancy instate tuition. It wasn't her fault. But in exchange for that in-state tuition her mother should be arrested and made to work until the cost of her daughters education is paid off. Then she should be deported and barred from ever entering this country again. If we dont punish the children of lawbreakers, and I dont think we should then the lawbreakers need to be given the harshest punishments not only for breaking multiple laws but also for forcing their children to become law breakers. If Nancy has a problem with this arrangement then she is welcome to go away.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jewels

      Oh whaaaaaaa! Give me a break! I don't feel sorry for them at all! Why we America want to spend money on illegals... Why can't there goverment help and educate their own people!!!??? Why don't they demand their President to do something for them and build a better future!??? They can do it...its not impossible, they do sell items to countrys etc... I am so sick of what they want and American can't even help thiir own people...its really sad that we Americans are paying the price for all illegals...its discussting! We have no pride in our own country.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  58. JoyDivision

    If you are a believer in God, then you are a disgrace. Perhaps its karma that your son is going through this....be a better mother AND A HUMAN, That girl was sneaked into this country, please use your brain.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  59. Jasmine

    How do you know she isn't paying taxes? You don't have proof of that now do you? And about Jimmy Rice cut up by an illegal. That is a WHOLEEEEE different story, we are talking about ILLEGAL STUDENTS who want to continue their education!

    November 29, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  60. Fletch

    Such a mature argument. When you cannot out argue logic and common sense, insult! You are a credit to your cause, Sebastian!

    November 29, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  61. Jack

    This article makes me sick. Her mom's a nanny so you can guess how she put in the tax base for her daughter's k-12 education that the taxpayers got stuck with. Now Nancy wants more handouts. CNN why don't you do a story on the citizens who didn't get scholarships because the illegals got it from hispandering politicians.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • neal

      ..cnn wont do that...they dont want the truth exposed...and they dont want people seeing dem's for what they really are.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Gee Jack, I am a tax payer who owns property and has no children. I am paying for Legal citizens kids to go to school including yours if you have any. maybe we should charge the parents for every kid they want educated.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • carolyn

        We are paying for our kids to go to school........it's called "Property Tax".

        November 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • mntest347

        Bob – if I'm not mistaken your parents had kids. And *you* got an education. Fail.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  62. daveinla

    Your not getting the whole story from this article i can assure you.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
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