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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. daveinla

    Oh yes, I remember all the immigrants that came through Ellis Island had a DREAM ACT to give them free handouts. Oh, I forgot, their dream act was called hard work and no government cuddling. Well, I guess those immigrants who came legally to the United States were all racist.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      The DREAM Act makes tax-payer funded educational grants available to illegal immigrants, for one thing. Have you actually read the act, or do you just bounce from site to site spouting pro-illegal immigrant talking points?

      November 29, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • RockefellerRepublican

      IIt makes them eligible for the same benefits that Americans and other immigrants enjoy. You know, like the ones that came through Ellis Island.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sebastian El Rey

      you wish you was a Rockefeller.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      Sorry, RR, I misunderstood what you were getting at. My point was that the immigrants that came through Ellis Island did so legally. Your attempts to be clever won't erase facts.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      TIME TO PUT U.S. TROOPS ON THE BORDER AND SHUT DOWN LEGAL IMMIGRATION...TOO MANY PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED AND NO JOBS. DO AMERICA NEED MORE LATINO'S ?? HELL NO. NO MAS. DON'T CALL ME A RACISTS, AM LATINO. I'M NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK THE TRUTH ....TOO MANY PEOPLE AND NO JOBS, DO WE NEED MORE PEOPLE ? DUH.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. RockefellerRepublican

    "So...does anyone want to try to refute my discussion about this being an economic issue rather than a hate-based issue?"

    The two are not mutually exclusive. You cannot rationalize an infringement on human rights with "fixing it would be too expensive".

    November 29, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • echo40

      Living in U.S. and getting a college education is not human rights, She already got through K-12 using tax payer money....

      November 29, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. David

    If this article had no bias and showed both sides CNN would determine how many U.S. Citizen and legal resident aliens were denied access to $ for school in CA or not permitted to enroll because the $ and or space was taken by someone illegaly in the country. And it's not about race. How many of those citizens or legal residents would be Latino or even Asian? That's the side of the story that is ignored.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. me

    There's a reason why immigration and abortion are hot topics, they will NEVER be touched

    November 29, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fletch

    So, Rob. In three out of your first four replies to people, you make fun of someone's spelling, you take a shot at the military, and you blast American kids for "partying". Do you have anything constructive to add to the discussion? Or would you just prefer to show the world your anti-American colors?

    November 29, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. workingforaliving

    how nice,,,, another CNN tearjerker. illegal is illegal! bottom line.. maybe the mother should have taken more responsiblityl for her daughter and not put her in this position...dress it up as much as you want!!! but she's still illegal get over it. CNN should print the disaster effects of other illegals, which are more common. I think I was tearing up reading it.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. 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 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Sebastian El Rey

      What makes you so American? You want to discuss Econ let's go, Dream Act should not be free I agree with you here. But how about we create a policy to the most deserving folks a chance to go to school with comprehensive student loans. Interest of course, it's a win win situation. How you feel about that? About the Perris Island vs Ellis Island you got me there thanks to Google but it was an error on my part, thanks for catching it.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jack

    How about a dream act for taxpayers that says we don't have to provide any benefits including k-12 education for illegals and the money we save goes toward our families.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      JACK YOU FORGOT FREE HOSPITAL CARE . WHEN ILLEGALS HAVE BABIES–GET SICK-INJURED ON THE JOB THEY GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM FOR FREE , FREE EDUCATION–WELFARE–UNEMPLOYMENT...AS A U.S. CITIZEN I'M SICK AND TIRED OF PAYING FOR THEM.. I HAVE MY OWN FAMILY TO TAKE CARE...

      November 29, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      How about those tax payers who don't have children dont pay for somebody elses kid to go to K-12 legal or otherwise.
      We could charge the parents of the kids that want an education

      November 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • mntest347

        Bob – the tax that people pay for education is for their *own* education that they had many years ago. Not their children's. If they have a dozen children that are educated by tax money, when those kids grow up and have jobs, there will be twelve of them paying taxes.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Really

    Just another pro hispanic artical by CNN, notice how the never have articals for eoro-americans( just everyday white folks).

    November 29, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Nickids

      That still don't make it right by taking our tax money and giving it to illegals.

      November 29, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • workingforaliving

      get a job, pay taxes and maybe you would make sense...

      November 29, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      CNN IS AFRAID TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT ILLEGALS...THEY DON'T WANT TO LOSE HISPANIC VIEWERS . SAME WITH DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS, THEY ARE KISSING THE HISPANICS BUTTS TO GET THEIR VOTES, WHY CARE ABOUT BORDER SECURITY.

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

        It is not just viewers. CNN is a global network, if they start allowing the truth to be published on their network they wioll lose the right to broadcast in those mexickan latina countries which they need to have access to to be calling themselves a global news network. They would lose almost half of the world. Put an import tariff on all goods from those countries that these illegal immigrants originate from. Mexico-Corona beer, fruits and vegetables, cars, trucks anything we import to America from Mexico and Central and South America – put a tax on it such that the total funds will be enough to capture, house, maintain and return the illlegals, and pay to protect our borders from their people. Increase the price of visas from those countries too. If they want to get here make them pay for it. Then we can use the money to pay for sending them back.

        November 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Well its obvious you didn't waste any tax dollars going to school as you cant even spell article

      November 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • BOBBB

        Yea that's telling him. You put him in his place, bad speller!

        November 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Me

        So Bob, I agree in one point, what is a eoro-american? But, uh, Bob? Ever hear of punctuation? Did you go to school?
        Careful dagger thrower....

        November 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RedSox2007

    The difference between Nancy and myself is I know exactly when my ancestors came into this country because they did it LEGALLY!!!! Nancy's mother could have applied for citizenship and when Nancy turned 18 she would have automatically became an US citizen. Did I miss in the article where Nancy has made an effort or inquiry on the procedure for her to become a legal US citizen?

    November 29, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Yes, you did miss it. They clearly stated that her mother reapplied for citizenship. Did you know it takes around 15 years to get your citizenship legally? Get real man, the system is messed up. Otherwise people would not opt for breaking the law.

      November 29, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Fletch

        15 years, Rob? Okay, can you cite your sources, please? Also, the system "being broken" is not an excuse for breaking the law. For instance, I think that marijuana laws are outdated, but I wouldn't buy marijuana unless it was legal. You can't just decide what rules are okay and which you can flaunt.

        November 29, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
      • carolyn

        Are we supposed to allow everybody who wants to live here enter?We already allow one million people in a year....through the visa lottery.Isn't that enough?

        November 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      Where exactly is Perris Island? I remember hearing about Ellis Island in history class, but that must have been my ignorant white teacher that made that mistake. Let's check around and see if we can get a CONSENSUS on what the name of that island was, okay? By the way, I'd probably ease up on the "ignorant" and "uneducated" smack if you're going to make such glaring mistakes in your post. You also may want to tell people where you got your statistics before stating that they are FACTS. If not, you may just end up looking like a hypocritical, anti-white racist. Oops, too late...

      November 29, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Beatriz

      Yeah and so do I! They were the first citizens of the U.S. before it was the U.S.!!!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. davey

    pocho. at least we know your masters degrees were not in english.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. davey

    pocho1. at least we know your master degrees were not in english.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Max A

    It's amazing how we can be blinded by our prejudice. California is to be applauded because no one should ever be deprived of an education. The people in the article could have easily given up and either hit the street and know you all upside your head or rely on the welfare system and become errand instead they chose to pursue higher level education and become productive member of our society. Children illegal or legal deserve the right to a quality education and to be productive members of our society. Take a look at Ga, we are now experiencing a shortage in workers for our farms and other type of labor that you and I will not do; meaning the cost of goods is going to increase even higher. I am not saying to reward illegal immigrants with a free pass to citizenship, but a humane, logical and affordable path is needed for those who are interested in helping us to continue to build the greatest country in the world. Hoorayyyy California and Governor Brown

    November 29, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Really

      But if here they aren't here legally why should we pay for their education knowing alot of legit Americans can't afford the same?

      November 29, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Shelleybean

    Give me a break! I'd like the rest of the US American Citizens to know our rights are being trampled on, must we also pay for illegals to go to college now? People are ignorant if we let this go on,I see it
    rippingoffAmericancitizens.com, become a citizen first then you can be alotted the freedom that is the USA. This is why the US is going broke...

    November 29, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      The U.S.A. is going broke because we spend trillions of dollars that we don't have on the military.

      November 29, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        AMERICA IS GOING BROKE BECAUSE WE OUTSOURCE OUR JOBS--$$ BILLION SPEND ON TAKING CARE OF THE ILLEGALS--HUGE MILITARY SPENDING...BUT OUTSOURCING IS HURTING AMERICA BIG TIME.. TOO MANY PEOPLE AND NO JOBS.

        November 29, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
      • carolyn

        At least the military is protecting our country.What are the illegals doing to help us ?

        November 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      BEAN, DO YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER COUNTRY THAT THAT DO WHAT WE DO FOR ILLEGALS ?? DO YOU THINK MEXICO WILL DO FOR AMERICANS WHAT WE DO FOR MEXICANS IF AMERICANS CROSS THEIR BORDER ?

      November 29, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dobie

    So California has decided to pay for this person's education and she is going to get a doctorate. However, since she is here illegally – she is still not allowed to work in this country (at least not legally). So her degree cannot be used here – great use of tax payer dollars California! In the meantime, someone that never should have been in this country takes up space that could have been given to American citizens in university classes.

    November 29, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Most of the innovations coming out of this country are made by foreigners with student visas, who come and spend day and night studying hard and getting PhDs. Meanwhile, a large part of the american students spend their time making sure to party s hard as they can. You know this is true if you went to a university.

      November 29, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Fletch

        Oh, Rob! You live nowhere near a border state, do you? If you did, you'd know that the number of "innovative foreigners" is a very small percentage of the immigrants that are coming into this country – and the "innovative immigrants" usually coming here under a student or work visa. The fact that you are making that distinction without getting into the "why" shows that you either don't understand the issue or you are ignoring it.

        November 29, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        TIME TO END ALL LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND H–1 VISAS...IMMIGRANTS SHOULD STAY IN THEIR COUNTRY AND MAKE THEIR COUNTRY WORK FOR THEM..WHY SHOULD THE U.S. KEEP GIVING ALL OUR JOBS TO FOREIGNERS ? ...MAKE YOUR COUNTRY WORK FOR YOU. JOE ARPAIO FOR PRESIDENT.

        November 29, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  16. sunsudo

    So if I understand this correctly states can't pass laws preventing ILLEGALS from coming in but can pass laws to give ILLEGALS money. Me thinks that you libtard dems have forgotten what ILLEGAL means. This bill is just another step down for the US. Base problem is you cant get a white guy to do the jobs the ILLEGALS do for the same pay. Thats the truely sad part.

    November 29, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Really

      You must have forgotten what your true consevitive presidents have done in the past. Like Reagan legallizing a few million, Bush wanting another blanket like Reagan. This should not be about party rather the law, this comming from alot of Dems as well. We all want to know who is in our country and if they aren't supposed to be here then kick their butts out no matter the country of origin.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  17. POCHO1

    u all are lil sad men i have 2 masters degrees and we both make more than you trust me go cry some where else. i know alot trust and i know that u dont have anything better to do then pick on an amazing women sad boys indeed. google loser

    USC here.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  18. chris

    Ha ha. No wonder your country is so screwed up. Your system rewards the illegal immigrant. Why is this?. Cause your greedy upper class is to cheap to hire an American properly. Now you have a girl, smart obvioulsy, not her fault that she was born. Bad joke on her life. Educate her so she can fight for the next batch that wont come in the front door proper.What a mixed up place.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
    • jeepster455

      Chris, you are absolutely correct in everything that you said. I couldn't agree with you more. Unfortunately, the idiot politicians we have running this country (into the ground) see things in a different jaded light. Maybe I should move to wherever you are. This situation in this country with illegal parasites is just becoming way too much at a time when
      the American people are financially hurting.

      November 30, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  19. Why Use Facts

    So she will earn her PhD, then what? Will she get a job? Not legally. She is pursuing a degree that she knows she can't use in the United States. Why would we want to give scholarship money to people who can't use the degree? Makes no sense to me, but then I don't have a PhD.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  20. UCLA_Bruin

    Thank you, Thelma Gutierrez for highlighting academic achievement of a student who is doing a lot and inspiring others to continue with their education. I appreciate all comments from people who do not have a critical lens to see perspectives. It is a reminder that popular dominant deficit discourse will forever perpetuate the stereotype of Latinos. It is why critical discussions are a important and must take place. As a public intellectual, I don't distance myself from the close minded perspectives of some of the comments that have been made. I don't need to throw in my lived experiences into this perspective, but as a proud American we must not forget that "this land was made for and you and me." We all want opportunities and we must seek for them.

    Adelante, Nancy. You have something that many people don't have in this forum: ganas. Strength. Courage to pursue one's DREAMs.

    I stand next to you in this struggle!

    Be well.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Conroegirl

      s. leglly with a student visaI can appreciate this young ladies commitment to education and improving her life, however : that doesn't give her a pass on doing things legally. Yes, she was brought to this country and she did not initially commit the crime, but she did nothing to corrrect her situation. She could'e returned to her country and entered the U.S. legally through a student visa. But she decided that she didnt want to pay international student fees andget a student loan lake everyone else that cant afford to go to college. Stop giving these people a pass, saying that they just want a better life. Thousands of Americans want a better life thru education and pay for it out of their own pocket or find a legally way to come up with the money. The scholarship she received should have gone to someone did not break the law and continue to break the law by not leaving the country. This girl is smart she could have returned to her native country and found work in the tourism industry since she speaks reads and writes both languages fluently, applied for a student visa and worked and saved her money to go to college. I for one am sick of the woow- is- me syndrome, whining illegal aliens, stop it and get in line like everybody else.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  21. Forrest Gumby

    Well said! 😀

    November 29, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  22. charles48

    Whatever happened to Nancy, well she punked the system and defrauded us all.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Odin999

      Why didn't she get deported? Why can't the Federal Government just do their job and enforce the immigration law? Deport all illegal aliens, secure the border, and fine anyone who hires an illegal alien. I don't want to pay taxes to subsidize the education of someone who want to advocate for illegal aliens.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Bob

        and Odin999 I dont want my property taxes putting your kids through school either. Since I dont have kids I think parents who want an education should pay extra for each kid

        November 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. aslan83

    i never seen this many indian americans commenting against illegals before. wow

    November 29, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • G Nadeau

      That chip on your soulder gets bigger by the posting........

      November 29, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      Aslan, are you Mexican! I assume that because of your name. Because if you are, you probably shouldn't say a damn word about Europeans taking land from "Native Americans". Why you ask? Because the last time I checked Mexicans are descendants of Spanish who are also – GASP – European! Mexicans are no more indigenous than the evil "white man".

      November 29, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Seriously?

        Really? Mexicans descendants of spaniards? Whoa, America maybe the "Illegals" don't need your education...considering this guy has no knowledge of history what so ever....Try Google before you make any statements that have roots in history....

        November 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fletch

        Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, 1519? Sound familiar? Do you really want to have a historical debate? We can keep going, since I have no knowledge of history...

        November 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Saul Goode

    I'm sure you were.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  25. Forrest Gumby

    First of all, congrats to Nancy for keeping her dream alive. It's sad that the only home she knows is filled with many who resent her presence here. Keep hating all you want, does it make you happy? I doubt it, if you don't appreciate what Nancy represents and has achieved despite much barriers.... Well then you show lack of comprehension, not just lack of compassion. The Dream Act will pass, it's a shame it hasn't already, but justice will prevail for Dream Act hopefuls. The DA is a win/win for our country, the sooner you see it, the be better.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      It's not that her presence is resented other than the fact her parents broke the law but my thought is why doesn't she apply for and take the test to become a legal citizen? Nobody coddled my grandfather when he came to this country and he was proud of the fact he took the test and passed and recieved his citizenship paper. It was framed and on his wall until he died. He didn't expect everyone to speak his language and got what he had through hard work. That is what I resent, the fact that the illegals are allowed to break the law and recieve handouts and do nothing to instill pride in this country because they don't want to assimilate as the early legal immigrants did.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
      • RedSox2007

        Forest Gumby – By her knowingly being in this country illegally means she is knowingly breaking the law, how is that an exemplory American?

        November 29, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      How about we start by having all these people fill out the forms and pay the fees to become citizens. It is hard to accept they have the right to comment on a system when they haven't even taken the first step on trying to get through the system. Show me where this woman filled out a form and paid a fee for citizenship and then I will change opinion that they are just trying to get a free ride.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • uh-huh

      Congrats to this lady for keeping her dream alive. Now that tax dollars paid for her "dream", her education will be useless, as she STILL isn't a legal resident.
      So, my dream is to get my master's degree...can ya'll pay for that please? Oh wait- being lawful doesn't seem to pay.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
      • BOBBB

        We just need to continue to give them the incentive to leave. More drug busts, more employer busts, more deportations. And announce that they will all have 6 months to leave the country at which time they will be arrested and DNA profiled and put on work camps near the border in the desert areas of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona for two years then they can walk home to mexico. Also after the 6 month grace period we need to place a bounty on them. $10 a piece; $20 for any employer who hires them and any landlord who houses them. Those landlords and employers will be fined $1,000 per day for each illegal they house or employ.

        November 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Saul Goode

    Before I write what I'm going to write, I will make sure my spellchecker is ON. I will also make sure to CAPITALIZE certain words that will, in my mind, serve to get my message across.

    ILLEGALS are not just human beings making the effort to better their lives. They're also SICK BIRDS. NOBODY seems to care about the ILL EAGLES. We can put UP electric fences, dig out moats and place crocodiles in 'em, put drones to work to patrol the borders, but when are we REALLY going to address the REAL problem? ILL EAGLES cannot take care of themselves! SOMEBODY has to step up to the plate and do SOMETHING about it.

    This human crisis happening across our borders... this drug war that our government funds with our tax money... those countless bodies of women who end up half-buried in the desert, all of those rape trees decorated with torn panties from women who paid their fare into our first-world nation with their innocence, the thousands of children who end up in our already-overburdened foster care system because we tear their parents apart so that private corporations can profit off their misery... ALL of this human tragedy does NOT compare to all the ILL EAGLES we have in our midst. And frankly, I'm sick and tired of OBAMA not giving a damn about all of these ILL EAGLES!! The EAGLE is our symbol of national pride (though I agree with our founding fathers... it should've been a turkey or a deep-fried jelly doughnut). ILL EAGLES, ILL EAGLES, ILL EAGLES!! I'll keep screaming ILL EAGLES until someone throws a pie in my face so that I can literally look as ridiculous as I sound.

    Please don't call me a racist simply because my comment is ignorant, void of any facts and research, and because I'm angry that all the Latino kids ended up in the ESL classrooms during the early years of my education, when I clearly needed the extra attention of our underpaid educators to help me out. If the beautiful woman in this video wants to be a teacher, so be it. Lord knows we don't respect teachers in this country anyway.

    ILL EAGLES!! Never forget 9-11!! AMERICA!!! 9-11!! ILL EAGLES!! YEAHHHHH!!! WHITE FLOUR!! TERROR BABIES!! FEAR FEAR FEAR!! HATE HATE HATE!!!

    God bless us all.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Forrest Gumby

      That was AWEsomely said Saul!
      I hope you were also being sarcastic about Obama being at fault. That guy can't seem to catch a break anywhere. It's a Congressional effort that can make things happen or turn anything remotely hinted with progress into sh!t, yes I speak of the obstructionist GOP who have nothing but sabotaged the POTUS and the 99% along the way... The sooner the 99% realize who is the true oppressive force, the better. Wake up America!

      November 29, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        The republicans as obstructionists, how about the fact that even with a congress controled by the dems they couldn't present much less pass a budget? It cracks me up how people want to blame Bush yet you never hear the fact that unemployment and the economy started going down the tubes in 2007, why is that? Bush was not the brightest bulb in the box but Barry is making him look alot better, which is something I didn't think was possible. Do a search for unemployment rates in 2006 and 2007, pretty sad, personally I feel it was ALL of the politicians fault. Term limits and get rid of the lobbyists.

        November 29, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Beatriz

      OMG!!! THIS WAS AWESOME!!!! (could I have stressed it anymore?). Good stuff Saul Goode.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  27. LAWdude

    okay, thats all well and good. she got an education she got ahead in life. but the article is not about her education its about her immigration status. did she ever apply for any kind of legal residency or US citizenship? dont tell me that she flew under the radar all this time and gota way with it!!!! im pretty sure that if she hasn't and if she ever gets caught by customs or border patrol her @$$ is getting deported. whether she has adoctorate or not.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • aslan83

      lawdude, better brush up on your immigration laws lol

      November 29, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  28. peachy0301

    And we wonder why California is so broke! Too bad they don't pay more attention to the citizens of the country than those that are here illegally.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Saul Goode

      Dude. I totally agree with you. This is our country!! EVERYTHING should be about us.

      If the story isn't about us, we should always go the extra mile to make sure we can turn it into something about US.

      ME ME ME. US US US. AMERICA!! YEAHH!!

      November 29, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Forrest Gumby

      Millions of peaches... peaches for ME!

      November 29, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        Peaches come in a can, they were put there by a man, awesome.

        November 29, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  29. Denise

    Illegal is ILLEGAL! There is no way around it. This student was told of her status and it seems she FAILED to begin the process of becoming a legal citizen, probably because she would have to turn her mother in to the INS. If you want your education that badly and you KNOW you are not in the U.S. LEGALLY, do what you need to do to become a legal citizen or gather your family up and GO HOME WITH THEM!

    November 29, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • G Nadeau

      Saul, you and Alsan83 must have the same beat me up chip on your shoulder.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      Do you know how difficult it is to become a US citizen? If she had the ability to apply for lawful status in this country, don't you think she would have? People are so ignorant of immigration law. She has no means of relief, that's what this entire DREAM Act is about. She isn't responsible for her mother bringing her here, does she really deserve to be deported to a place she doesn't remember or know?

      November 29, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Raven

        I immigrated here from Canada a few years ago. Let me tell you what I was told by my attorney.

        It is EASIER to immigrate to the US from Mexico than it is from Canada. I was almost not permitted my green card, because they couldn't see any reason why I can't just live in Canada, which is better off than the US currently. The person doing my interview said if I hadn't had my attorney, she likely wouldn't have allowed me in, even though I have no criminal record, no communicable diseases, and not a detriment to society.

        Mexican nationals have a better chance than me to immigrate legally, so why don't they? Isn't waiting for the papers to go through better than waiting every day to see if ICE shows up at your door to ruin your life?

        Yes, there are papers to fill out, and fees to pay, and it is easier to do if you hire an attorney so you don't have to muddle through the legal terms.

        If I can do it, so can they.

        November 29, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Odin999

      This is not about hating anyone. This is about the fact that the Federal Government has failed to enforce the law for 25 years with the result of over 10 million illegals living in this country. Meeting people will not change the law. Deport all illegal aliens, secure the border, and fine anyone who hires an illegal. That is the law.It needs to be enforced.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  30. Fletch

    All this talk about hatred and racism, but really it is the people that disrespect our country, our people, and our rules that exercise hatred.

    November 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Alan

    Nancy, we want you in this country. We know you will contribute to this country in many ways when the Federal Dream Act passes.

    November 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      Only if she can be here legally.

      November 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I hope it never passes!!!!

      November 29, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      Only if she is here legally.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Amber

        I hope you realize that the Federal Dream Act gives illegal immigrants who graduate high school an opportunity to become citizens. It is an extremely long and hard process to become a citizen. Obviously this woman is a CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF SOCIETY. Who wouldn't want someone like that as a citizen of our country?

        November 29, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
      • aslan83

        speaking of laws, whats legal and whats not, you know at one point in America owning a slave was perfectly legal?

        November 29, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
      • G Nadeau

        Aslsan83, in some parts of the world, people still own slaves. The fact is not the point though. How many legal Americans, born and raised in the USA americans can't afford to go to college because they cannot qualify for loans and grants like this young lady? Is it right that California takes care of illegals before it takes care of the llegal citizens?

        November 29, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      The most upsetting part about this girl's story is the hatred I see displayed in most of these comments about her situation. Please remember that she was a senior in high school before she learned of her status; she was getting ready to attend college and is to be admired for working so hard and accomplishing so much in her life. Thank you, Alan, for your comment of support of her. I wonder sometimes what is happening to my country and I fear for how much meaner people may get before they wake up and turn this thing around.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Fletch

        Wanting people to follow the rules and respect our country isn't hatred.

        November 29, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        Strange you see hatred and I see anger. Anger that is brought on by the fact that people are tired of all of the coddling to the illegals. How much money could be saved if we didn't print things in 2 languages? How much money did the report out of L.A. say they spent on illegals education and medical? The only thing I hate in all of this is the open disregard for our laws. Yes the process may seem difficult but most of the legal citizens here went through that process. That is the anger which you see as hate.

        November 29, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • carolyn

      This DREAM ACT will not pass......too many Americans against it.........but you can "Dream" on.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  32. poncho

    Hey, The liberals keep saying these illegal bums pay taxes...... I hope she filed the correct IRS form cuz she is working for cash. Not paying income tax is a federal offense.(also called breaking the law........AGAIN)

    November 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Volitionx

    Wow Pocho1, you don't know the difference between a legal and an illegal immigrant? Are you serious? They're all the same to you? How about the difference between a shoplifter and a guy who doesn't shoplift? Or how about a guy driving 100 on the highway and one obeying the speed limit? You see, one is breaking the law (we call them "criminals") and the other is obeying the law (we call them "law-abiding citizens"). If all immigration is the same, then why do we have a LEGAL IMMIGRATION PROCESS? Because there's the LEGAL WAY, AND THE ILLEGAL WAY. DUH!

    November 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • POCHO1

      u know ur a loser we both making hella money and loving our life so keep hating this is our world u just live in it hahaha we are winning.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  34. Maggie Landeros

    Great job Nancy! You are an inspiration to our community!

    November 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mike

    What part of illegal don't you understand? Her mother broke the law both by comming here and bring Nancy.

    November 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mike

    Even if she finishes her PHD in Education she will not be allowed to work in this country or get a driver license. If the US passes the Dream Act then thousands of Mexicans will bring thier baby to the US knowning they will get free education.

    We need to send more US troops to the US Mexican border to stop the flow of Mexicans comming to the US illegally.

    November 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Tony

    No one has a choice in where they are born. Immigrants recognize the opportunity that exist in this country that many "native" born folk take for granted. The U.S. will take a great step forward in being the country it espouses itself to be, when students like Nancy have the opportunity to fulfill their greatest potential.

    November 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Volitionx

      Illegal immigrants recognize the opportunities this country has to offer and always take advantage of those opportunities? You're acting like non-citizens are great American "citizens," when in fact if they're illegal, they're actually just criminals. How can a criminal be a good citizen?

      November 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • carolyn

      Yeah, and how many thousands of illegals are standing in line behind her to get the same "Free" opportunities?

      November 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ileana Abreu

    As a Cuban-American, my parents immigrated here legally. I graduated with a MA from Stanford last year. I would never have been able to achieve my dream without student loans. Even though I have a lot of debt, through this video I am reminded of how GOOD I had it as the daughter of a political, as opposed to economic, refugee from Latin America. In the end, I am SO IMPRESSED by Nancy's story and wish she had been able to go to Harvard.. though I am glad she is debt-free ad living her DREAM against all odds. Harvard lost out. BIG WIN for la Señorita Guarneros!!

    November 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  39. David65

    I can't believe Nancy is still in the United States. My advise to her would be go back to your country and get in line just like my parents had to do. Americans paid for you high school education and you still want more.

    November 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Cecilia

    Thank you Nancy, for not giving up and continuing your journey to becoming a productive member of our society!

    November 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madmax

      Uh.....the Dream Act vote failed in the US Senate in December 2010. So, as long as there is no Federal funding for her education and only from the State of Mexifornia, I don't have any skin in the game.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Marisol Gonzalez

    I applaud her success. Her story demonstrates resilience and courage.

    November 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  42. EducationAdvocate

    I don't understand why people do not consider the socio-historical context of forced migration to our country when they make such racist and inhumane comments. People don't wake up one day and think; "Hey, I'm going to immigrate to the U.S." Its a consequence of a long history of violent land acquisition, labor recruitment, inflation caused by Western countries, "democracies" established by the U.S., asymmetrical relationship between these neighboring countries,etc. etc. Whether people choose to ignore this reality or are unaware of it is difficult to know. What seems clear though is that more people, U.S. citizens or not, need access to education so that we overcome this need to blame and oppressed group for our problems. It is ridiculous that such terrible comments are made about someone who is incredibly intelligent and eager to contribute to our society, despite all the hate that she confronts.

    November 28, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles48

      I don't hate her, I just hate that we are such idiots that we don't consider taking care of our own children instead of illegals

      November 29, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      Nicely put

      November 29, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • carolyn

      So, you are saying the U.S.A. needs to educate all of them "Free" of charge?

      November 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beatriz

      Agree, EducationAdvocate!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  43. David65

    Do you mean these illegals will qualify for Pell Grant that is paid by the tax payers???? That not fair that should go to American citizens. Their parents are to be blame for this or better yet Calderon . Wow cant believe this.

    November 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • usa

      what the F !!!!!!!!! free school to aliens what !!!!!! well i guess thats the american way go latinos get some school i will pay it for you and not be able to put my own kids in college. oh well i will just think of all of you people as my own children, that will help me sleep at night. wrong. thanks for nothing america.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • usa

      we are americans gosh, just let us read it how we want. this is why we pick the best presidents duh.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • David65

      illegal is illegal is illegal they do not qualify for nothing in the United States. Why don't they go to their county and ask for money. We have enough Americans that can not afford College. Thank God my parent drought me he legally.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fletch

        Ignorant white teabaggers? No hatred in that statement...

        November 29, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  44. Adrian

    Very inspiring!! Thank you for showing that it is still possible to continue living life despite the many obstacle that are placed before us! Keep up the amazing work!

    November 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jaime Del Razo

    I am a U.S. Citizen, a Gulf War Veteran, a Tax Payer (ever since my first after-school job in junior high school over 25 years ago), AND I am PROUD OF NANCY and students like her. The America that my brothers and I fought for is bigger than the hatred that is being placed on the shoulders as brave as Nancy. There is nothing honorable in waging war on the most vulnerable in our society. There are other battles to be fought and won.

    November 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • POCHO1

      thank you for this im proud of you.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • kace

      Thank you Jaime, so much, for your brave words!!! And thanks too for your service so we can all here say what we want.

      November 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles48

      Thanks for your service but no thanks for your opinion. Don't you think waging war is a little strong for what we doing to illegals.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  46. jaredbradshaw

    I encourage people to take action and boycott states like California and support pro-American values states like Arizona, Utah, Alabama, Georgia, etc. It is not fair that Americans born here or here legally have to continue to pay for illegals from Mexico who continue to break our laws while insisting we bow down to their "cultural heritage."

    November 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  47. oscar

    DON'T BE CONFUSE: Country of LEGAL immigrants!!!! Since the US independence this country created its immigration law, established its Embassies around the world to allow people to come here. This country like Argentina or Brazil have the same rule like here so why not US!!!!! Why don't they go to Germany,Austria Norway etc etc WHY JUST BOTHER HERE!!!!

    November 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madmax

      Oscar you are exactly right. Don't let Poco or whatever change your mind. He / she is sad for criticizing you for your opinion.

      November 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  48. T

    I am here legally since 1998 and paying taxes incl SS, Medicare, Medicare and other taxes. Still I renew my visa every 2 years to stay here legally as I apparently USCIS doesn't have enough immigrant visas yet. Where in the world a person following rules is punished and people who break law consistently and not pay any taxes are rewarded. IT HAPPENS ONLY IN THE US. PUNISH PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW LAW AND REWARD ILLEGALS WHO BREAK LAW. GREAT COUNTRY.

    November 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      I agree with you in part. I do think that immigration law makes it almost impossible for people trying to do things legally. A US citizen may have a brother living in the Philippines, and as a US citizen, it is his RIGHT to ask the government to allow him to immigrate to the US. However this process will take more than 20 years!! What's the incentive to do things legally when it's so ridiculous??? We need immigration reform, because whether you're liberal or conservation, for or against immigration, we have to be in agreement that our current system is just plain stupid.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
      • DonaldH

        At least those persons in that situation need to make an attempt to do things legally. I have no sympathy for the scofflaws who think that our laws do not apply to them.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  49. John

    What if we just granted amnesty based on merit and also stop more illigal immagrents from coming. Those people that become legal would be able to get a job become middle class. and after that wouldnt they be paying into the system? Dont brutally critisize me i just want to know if that would be a good idea.

    November 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • oscar

      iF THAT'S THE WAY YOU THINK WHY DON'T WE JUST LEGALIZE THE WHOLE LATIN AMERICA THEN IT WOULD MEAN MORE TAXES ???? THEY CAN SEARCH FOR ANOTHER COUNTRY TOO RIGHT???

      November 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madmax

      Getting in legally by merit "IS HOW THE SYSTEM IS SETUP!!!!" The idea is that the person coming into America has the skills or knowledge that is currently needed in this country or can provide something useful. That is how the system is designed. That is not how it is operated. And that is not how the liberals in this country would lead you to believe it is supposed to be.

      November 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Cav Scout

    Practice Pratice Pratice

    November 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Tamera

    Dang right- SHAME ON HER MOTHER!! She did wrong and and broke the law!

    November 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Randolph

      And if you were in the same stinking boat with a child, you would do differently?

      November 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  52. wow

    Amazing how racist these comments are. Let the girl live. geeeeez.

    November 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • oscar

      Racist ???? go to Brazil see if they let you work being illegal or England. Every country has its immigration law.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles48

      They are not racist comments. I would feel the same way if it were the canadians.Just can't stand anyone who can't follow the rules. If you want to help them so much go to Mexico and try to improve things there so they will stop coming. 12 million and how many more coming Just sick of people like you using the racist card but I bet not willing to do a thing to help an American. How many of our children go to bed hungary? Stop this rape of out country.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Go back2Mexico_if you dont wave the america flag

      I havent seen ONE RACIST comment on here, no one is saying they hate mexicans they are just saying come here legally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 29, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      Amazing how racist these comments are.

      Amazing how naive you are. What's racist about enforcing laws that were written by the representatives of American tax-paying citizens?

      November 29, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  53. JLPl

    People who come here illegally are lawbreakers. I am sorry for her situation, but she is a citizen of another country andt is a party to a crime. Not her fault, but still a crime has been committed and must be dealt with.

    November 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Let's Be Real

    Lupe Moreno will be my nightmare....for several nights.

    November 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Patrick

    Once again, it needs to be stated. What part of the word ILLEGAL does Jerry Brown & the rest of that hopeless state not understand? As inspring as this may seem, it is unfortunate – but that's life. Her parents made a conscious choice to break the law when they enterd into this country illegally. Tough crap – tax dollars for US citizens & LEGAL immigrants only – no exceptions. In a nutshell, round 'em up & send 'em back – enough is enough.

    November 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  56. MovingToCanada

    I am glad my grandfather was shot twice in the Korean war for this while I worked my ace off through college and now throw tax money towards this. Awesome.

    November 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  57. oscar

    The solution is: Go back to the country where you belong and apply for a student visa . Everybody NEED TO BE SREENED before coming here.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  58. oscar

    Passing this law definetly WILL NOT solve the problem.... This is a country OF LAW, and nobody is above the law. Reawarding to somebody who broke the law IS NOT A SOLUTION

    November 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Sick of the Catering

    I have a 3.9 GPA, I have served in the Army and I could only DREAM of going to Harvard... I drive past that school almost every week. Can I afford it? No. Why is nobody feeling sorry for me? Oh, that's right... I was born in the US and I am a taxpayer...and I have a Swedish last name. OOPS.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Sick of the Catering

    I am American. My father is from South America (came to the US legally 40 years ago) and my mother is American... I was raised abroad, in my father's country. I was taken there when I was 2. Yes -two- years old. I did not set foot back in the US for 16 years. Yep, SIXTEEN years. I have been back here for 9 years and most people don't even know I was raised abroad. I was willing to adapt. Those people aren't. My father adapted...and his home country was the only country he had known until he moved here.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Let's Be Real

      1) "Those" people are adapting to US lifestyle, talk to any second generation hispanic and you can easily see that, it takes time for any person to adapt, plus if your dad tried to "legally" enter the US today it would be close to impossible, be thankful that your "behind" is here now otherwise you would just be another "alien" trying to enter the US anyway possible.

      November 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Sick of the Catering

    The favorite argument of some of you here is: "but she's been in this country her whole life! She cannot go back to where she was born!
    I say you are all full of it! What do you think LEGAL immigrants do? They move from their HOME country, the only country they have pretty much known their whole lives...to this country. They bring their children, from all ages to American..and they ADAPT. People can adapt.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio

      how exactly will she adapt? the US and Mexico are completely different. did peter from family guy move to mexico because of his immigration problem? however, applying for citizenship would solve her problems though.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  62. Alex

    I had a Hispanic illegal friend who graduated with honors in English. She couldn't find a job here because of her legal status and landed a high paying job at an American company in Mexico.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Ninja

    I have a suggestion that the US ivy league schools (Yale, Harvard, Columbia,...) continue to give her grant/scholarship to finish her PhD in Education and then she comes back to Mexico to become Mexico president and rebuild her poor country with an EFFECITVE immigration law that will prevent any illegal crossings to the US.... That's way she is an HERO of her country instead of being illegal in the US without working permits for the rest of her life....

    As an example for me, I was from Vietnam and when the Communist country took over and established a brutal government, many people crossed to the sea, land,... to flee the country and thousands have been shot death by the soldiers because they "illegally" went to other countries without the government's permits.... I was one of them, but luckily I lived... Then, I had to wait for a relative to sponsor me to come to the US for 10 years and I got educated with a master degree in engineering....obeying laws in the US....

    Now, go back to ILLEGALS, you should be considered HOW EXTREMELY LUCKY you are now in the US for a long period of times with ALL freebies and it is time you should go to the Legal path to become US citizen Legally. Hope this helps to enlighten your lifes....Thanks.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  64. TryEmpathy

    I see a lot of judgement on this thread and not a lot of people trying to put themselves in her shoes. Try to imagine, if you can, living in the U.S. from as early as you can remember, and not finding out until you tried to apply for scholarships to college that you aren't technically a legal citizen. (I know I wasn't given my birth certificate until I moved out of my parents' house, but I always assumed they had one somewhere, and I'm sure she assumed the same.)
    If you found that out, would you just up and move to your country of birth? Even if you didn't know anyone there and possibly didn't speak the language? Some of you might lie and say yes, but let's face it, you wouldn't. She didn't knowingly make the decision to come her illegally, it was made for her, so I really don't think it's right to hold that decision against her.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenni

      I am sorry her mother made this decision for her. Why do we, the taxpayers, have to pay for her mother's decisions. We have to live with consequences of other's actions. When my daughter acts up, I have to answer for her actions as she is a minor. It's not judgement, so much as being fed up with people fleeing into our country for handouts and lying. We are having people here illegally teaching their children to take and lie. and like one person said, how will she get a job after we, the taxpayers, finance her education?

      November 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Patrick

        Exactly – right on the mark...my sentiments exactly....

        November 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Seriously?

        You do realize that "Illegal" immigrants pay taxes right? I mean seriously...I understand everyone's anger over this topic but please educate yourself first before speaking or go on rants....people you are right....life is not fair....but if this young lady has the brains...why such negativity...if she is going to teach the next generation and inspire the rest of "American" youth to make the country better why such hate? With her education she wants to give back....not take away...no one sees that....she's not just getting an education and fleeing to Mexico and or Central America....she plans to stay here to educate the youth...to make a influence on the "American" Society....but instead everyone wants to yell "go home you don't belong here". I just don't get it.....what is wrong with the world today; that its become so egocentric? Has anyone thought , maybe if these people are given legal status they too will end up paying taxes....they too will give back to America....no one thinks about that....everything thinks about themselves and how they pay too much give too much....well obviously we as a society haven't given anything....have we? I pay 1g a month from my monthly salary....what it goes to....I can only hope to better this society and if my tax money is going to this young lady I am proud to say that I am an American.....that that money is going towards the perfect cause....towards bettering America....

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

      Stop and think for a moment – her mother crossed the border without any legal right to do so. She also brought her young daughter with her, a daughter that now knows no other life. It is an unfortunate situation for that daughter, but the fact remains that she is not a citizen, she does not have any permanent residency visas in order to remain, she is in fact illegal. There are enough legal US citizens that go hungry each day, that cannot afford housing or education or anything to better their future or the futures of their children. Yet, tax money is thrown at the illegals. The time has come for people to say enough. And, by the way, I know exactly what it is like to be an immgrant – I was born in the US but emmigrated to Australia. The only difference is that I did so legally, went through the process and obtained dual citizenship legally.

      November 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Volitionx

      You're right. I'm JUDGING her by using my powers of REASON. And do you know what my JUDGEMENT is?: GUILTY OF BREAKING THE LAW.

      November 28, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      I see a lot of judgement on this thread and not a lot of people trying to put themselves in her shoes. Try to imagine, if you can, living in the U.S. from as early as you can remember, and not finding out until you tried to apply for scholarships to college that you aren't technically a legal citizen.

      Aww! Let's all sob together.

      By the way, "you aren't technically a legal citizen" is just another, wordier, way of saying "illegal alien."

      November 29, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  65. ZZ

    This is a great way to motivate other immigrants to go through proper channels!

    November 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Partysstink

    I still dont think kids should be punished for what there parents did. If you do that then by that reasion if a parent gets a speeding ticket then the child should get one too because of association.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slew

      So you agree that are Mom should be booted out and fined heavily? Or once the kid gets American citizenship, she sponsors her mom. And then the mother is rewarded too. That is the problem with the Dream Act. It is just a backdoor amnesty. And what about the ones who don't go to school you going to deport them, no.

      November 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jenni

    In this country we cannot afford to pay for our own citizens. It is sad we are being forced to pay for others that are here illegally. If they put half the effort into their countries and fixing their problems, we would not have them here begging for handouts. I am sorry that your family brought you here illegally and we have such a problem that this goes missed, but we cannot afford for it to go on. We are going to fall apart from being overextended. This not only includes the dream act stuff, but also other forms of government aid. You sneak into our country and get food stamps and insurance at the tax payers expensive. I bet if we cut off all programs to only paying citizens who are truly in need, we would have more money free to pay down our debt than taxing our citizens more.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Minnesota Mom

    What a country! No where else on the globe can one enter illegally and demand to be admitted to its elite universities because they are under represented and then demand that the taxpayers foot the bill. Only in America!

    November 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Ale

    Most of you people as usual have not read or understood the article. It is not about paying or not paying for college or being legal or illegal. It is about not being able to function in her country, the one where she has lived virtually all of her life, the only one she knows; all of it due to no fault of her own. We don't owe her only a chance for college, student loans or a green card. We owe her an apology for allowing that situation for so long

    November 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Consequence

      No matter how long I live in China, I will never become Chinese...I don't think, without an act of the Central Committee, they even make it possible for legal residents, let alone illegals, to ever become Chinese citizens. For this gal, the cup is half empty...she should be grateful for the education she has received at our expense and not complaining about what happens when you get caught. Her mom knew the risks and took them anyway...so, now she must accept the consequences of her poor choice which her daughter and jerry brown expects us to reward. this country is sick!

      November 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daughter of a LEGAL Immigrant from South of the Border

      LOL....

      SO? I was taken to my father's country when I was TWO years ago. Lived there my whole life. Did not set foot in the US from 1986 til 2003. I spoke virtually NO English... I adapted back here. LEGAL immigrants from all over the world come here after living in their home country their WHOLE LIVES...including children..and they adapt.

      Your point is moot.

      November 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beatriz

        No your point makes no sense because you are referring to returning to a country where you are a legal resident and therefore have no fear of deportation. You would make a stronger point, if the country you went to live at, after being the U.S., and stayed there only to find out you were not born there at all. You are denied everything: school, work, medical needs. Everything. So your response is moot.

        November 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Get a clue – this IS NOT her country. She's here illegally....what part of the word illegal aren't you getting? Should I speak or spell slower?

      November 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • poncho

        In 3 years she hasn't learned to obey our laws. Get her out NOW

        November 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecilia

      I think it's about even more than that. I think it's about how we have all this untapped talent here that can lead to resolutions to our troubled economy. I recently read an article on how the top Fortune 500 companies that create jobs are start-ups by immigrants and the children of immigrants. We have all this talent that is cultivated here in the US, but it's untapped! Imagine what a stronger country we could be if we only tapped into these resources...

      November 29, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
      • People Need to Wake Up

        and Mexico doesn't need her?

        Mexico needs her more than we do.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      It is about not being able to function in her country...
      The USA is not her country and she has no right to be here. Look very carefully at a map so you can pinpoint the relative positions of Mexico and the USA.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  70. Gamer Geek

    Why on Earth would anyone that smart want to come to a country this corrupt?

    November 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Ninja

    I had to wait 10 years to come to the US legally from Vietnam and obeyed the US laws and now the govn't granted all of the freebies to ILLEGAL people??? IT's NOT right and IT is TOTALLY wrong!!! That's why the US is bankcrupting....

    I can't believe it if Vietnam is next to the US, then Vietnam will be one of the richest countries in the world and we would not come to the US either legally or illegally....

    Solutions: You need to go back to your original country and apply and go to the US legally.

    November 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ale

      She cannot do that because there is no legal avenue for her to follow to accomplish that. YOU were that lucky; she is not.

      November 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ninja

        .... She could marry me???... but no way.... because you need to go back your country and I could come to her country and start immigration process for her.... In any case, that's too much for me... 🙂

        And to ALL of ILLEGALS SYMPATHIZERS out there on this post.... if I was you, I would stop support them or voice your concerns because you might be ILLEGALS in this country and you (or your parents) broke the law, you should be deported IMMEDIATELY. You are still LUCKY because you could be killed or in jail in other countries such as Iran, North Korea, China,...if you do so....

        November 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • twinkle star

      I couldn't agree with you more- people who come to this country legally are the ones we should be extending these benefits to! Why do we have laws if we don't expect people to obey them?

      November 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • WillH85

      Exactly. I feel bad for this girl because she had no say in it, but I think at the least her parents should be deported. Immigration laws are in place for a reason yet so many think its ok to just ignore them. Even worse are those that think we should just let those that ignore them get away with it.

      November 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Disgusted

    I can't believe how ignorant & unsensitive most of you can be. Why not pass the DREAM act for those "illegals" that actually want a better life and are trying to do something about it!? She has already earned a MASTERS degree from UCLA, something alot of people that are LEGAL wouldn't dare to do because they are to lazy to do something for themselves! This will take her and her family off of any financial assistance they might have receieved, or are still recieving, so why not?? I think the DREAM act is a step in the right direction in helping those that are actually trying to help themselves. Why should illegal imigrants deserve to live worse off? If they are actually trying to do something to benefit themselves, then why not? Half the people that are LEGAL that enrolled at the college I attended, did so only to get the "financial aid" refund to spend on themselves(most of those people were on some type of government assistance), so why is it so wrong for a person who actually is trying to do something with her life be put down just because she was not born here? & I'm sure most of you are racist rednecks anyways who want nothing more than to see all illegal immigrants burn in hell...But hey who am I to judge.?

    November 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • aslan83

      I mean obviously she is criminal here by crossing the border at the age of 0. My heart goes out to all the republicans on this thread

      November 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fletch

        Your screen name, even though you spelled it wrong (it's Azlan), tells me all I need to know about you. Your whole philosophy is that California belongs to Mexico and your whole plan is to take it back by massive illegal immigration. You guys don't believe me about this guy? Google "Mecha" or "Azlan". They are as anti-American as any group out there...

        November 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      This is wrong cause it's enforces the idea that it's ok for thier actual country, not the U.S., to continue to not provide jobs and helath care. If the U.S. continues to give handouts, others will risk their lives migrating to this country expecting handouts as well. Additionally, once she graduates, she still won't be able to get a job or pay any taxes and can legally go back to her own country. So your argument about being able to give back to this country has no merit.

      November 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ale

        THE US IS HER OWN COUNTRY...Just as much as it is yours!!

        November 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • aslan83

        I dont consider "student loans" or "health care costs" a handout. The handout im more interested is the tax break the rich are getting thanks to republicans.

        November 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • OnTheRoad

      I guess that people that steal and murder for money are just after a better life for themselves and their families also! Should we pass a DREAM act for them? We just keep coming up with reasons to get more and more illegals to sneak into this country!

      November 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • OnTheRoad

        Hey, Loveit – I was born and raised in Deep East Texas (that means 'RedNeck'!!) and I am proud of it! I am over 60 years old, a Vietnam Vet and have travelled to almost all of our 50 states! But, I am not wanted by the law in any of them! Why is it that you people don't understand the difference between 'Immigrants' and 'Illegals'? Why are we supposed to be the only country in the world and does not enforce our immigration laws?

        November 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Minnesota Mom

        There's a limit to what this country can absorb. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of the illegals live off the government dole, contribute virtually nothing, have a child every year and a great # of them in turn become criminals and a public menace. We're not talking about a population of Chinese or Indians, whose kids have a totally different trajectory than these kids. We already have a huge underclass. We don't need to import more.

        November 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minnesota Mom

      Because we hardly need another doctorate in Education.

      November 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      And for the record, every person who is a legal resident of America – even the ones that are "too lazy" to get a graduate degree – should have access to that financial aid over this student. Why, do you ask? Because the parents of those "lazy Americans" paid into the system. That's simply a fact, and none of this anti-American sentiment thinly disguised as immigrant compassion can do that fact.

      November 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dave

        The fact is, this girl's hard work is what gave her the opportunity she has. You completely disregard that for hateful rhetoric.. and that' a fact. Getting an acceptance letter from Harvard is no easy accomplishment.

        November 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZZ

      Disgusted... I am disgusted with you !!! You agree with Gov. Brown that public funds (TAXPAYER MONEY) should be used to education those who broke the law. If I rob you will you pay for my masters degree??? If so, please provide your address and keep your wallet out!

      November 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Wondering

    As I remember my late teens and early 20's, I remember the discussions among my peers in high school as to who could afford to go to college and who could not. I also remember discussions that these students were excluded from financial aid because their parent/parents made too much money for any kind of financial help. Mind you, I didn't grow up in a middle class area. I grew up in rural America. Many classmates didn't go to college because their parents couldn't afford to pay for it and they couldn't get scholarships....not because they weren't smart, but because they didn't qualify....they weren't poor enough...even with a single parent.

    There are thousands upon thousands of Americans who need the financial help to go to college. I'm not sure why readers are being flooded with sad stories about children who can't go to college. It happens every year. It's been happening for decades. Why should we feel sorry for one when they're thousands who don't even get the chance?
    This young lady paid her way through undergraduate school.....Bravo.....but am I supposed to feel bad because she can't afford Harvard, Yale, Brown, Princeton, and Columbia?????? All legal/illegal stuff aside…….Hey sweetheart...welcome to the club.

    November 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  74. dipstick

    The only dream act is to get rid of the illegals and Jerry Brown.

    November 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Hottac38

    Jim,

    What other country rewards individuals for not following it's laws. I admire her academic achievements, that is awesome, but please please try to explain away the legality and ethical means that US taxpayers have as US citizens to fund someone who regardless of how has been a illegal since childhood should have hre way paid for by "tax" dollars. It is common knowledge that if you reward bad behavior, it becomes easier for others. If you want to fund her education please stand up and do it...

    November 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  76. taxed

    Het Moonbeam – Maybe we should just mail US Passports and citizenship papers to anybody in the world who wants them.  We could also send applications (in their native language) for food stamps, subsidized housing, Medicaid, etc.  This would save all those people the trouble of having to sneak across the border or take an "anchor baby" flight into the country. Once they are here we can give all their kids a free education.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Rocky

    If she was so smart she would apply to become a legal citizen instead of choosing to remain ILLEGAL.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocky

      We have given the ILLEGAL rights in this country that give them NO reason to become LEGAL members of our society. If we took away those rights they would have no reason to come here and the ones that would come would apply to become LEGAL citizens.

      November 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ale

        They cannot apply because there are no legal avenues for them to do so. If there were , there would be no illegals

        November 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ale

      Here is evidence most Americans do not even begin to understand the issue of immigration. NOBODY chooses to remain illegal. The simply is no legal avenue for her to apply to be legal.

      November 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peach

        The mechanism for becoming a United States citizen is far easier for Mexican immigrants than it is for Americans to become Mexican citizens. Go get your facts straight.

        November 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        Then don't break the law ...its that simple.

        November 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Duane

    And people ask why we don't trust our government ? Here is a great example as to why

    November 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Sagebrush Shorty

    I hope that Nancy and Moonbeam Brown will be very happy together.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Fletch

    Sorry, Jimmy, but you are either misinformed or lying to further the agenda. The portion of the DREAM act that is in question is for tax-payer funded grants, which are need based – NOT merit based. Scholarships are not tax-payer funded, therefore that is not a part of the discussion.

    November 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Sunny

    Financial aid is only possible because of LEGAL residents paying taxes and therefore legal residents believe that they should be the only people receiving financial aid. That is why most people are upset. Students who do well in school and are low income get the most amount of financial aid.

    I myself am working very hard to get into graduate school and get good grades. I can compete just as well as other students, but because, and I respectfully say this, I am not as low income as illegal immigrants, I would not be able to receive as financial aid as they do. That's why I, along with many others, are upset because I actually pay taxes for the services I receive (not just financial aid, but emergency services as well).

    November 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  82. emmarain

    for every sad story like this you will be able to find an equally sad story of a LEGAL immigrant who for what ever reason couldn't get to college. Sorry, but sob stories are just that...stories. They shouldn't base immigration policies on it. For every one that says you shouldnt punish children and separate familes.....Should we then release all men or women in prison whose child was left at home with only one parent or is sent to foster care?....even though the adult broke the law?? oh thats right, only illegal immigrants get that right.

    November 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  83. TXJim

    They do talk about "White in America" .. haven't you seen all the Tea Party stories and commentaries?

    November 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Commonsenseforthewin

    I would like to say – welcome and good luck getting your dreams to all hispanic, white, black and oriental LEGAL immigrants.
    I would like to say – get out or go to jail to all hispanic, white, black and oriental ILLEGAL immigrants.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Jo

    This is rewarding ongoing criminal behaviour to a group of people who do nothing but take and spit on this country. I'm tired of elected officials telling Americans to bendover and take it.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Sean

    Do you know what happens to people who get caught crossing from North Korea to China? They get shot in the back. Here, if the border patrol is lucky to catch them, then we drive them around in an air-conditioned bus and take them to the border. What a difference, heh?

    November 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TXJim

      Oh.. I get it.. we should become North Korea or China now..

      November 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • emmarain

        I believe they were pointing out the extreme differences in immigration policy in the world. Since groups like the ACLU think that the US is horrible to illegal immigrants. I don't see them complaining out other countries

        if you want to believe they think to shoot people, then by all means go ahead. Extreme much??

        November 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fletch

        TXJim, you are being very melodramatic and somewhat anti-white racist. Perhaps you should take some Xanax and do a bit of research on this topic before spewing irrational, emotional misinformation.

        November 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  87. onlyinamerica

    that want happen.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Samuel Chertoff

    Ok fine, they were brought in this country when they were small and didn't had control over their lives. But now after they got free education and now that they are 18+ years of age, they should be smart enough to know the law of this land and should go back to their country of birth. If they still want to come back they should wait in line in their own country like any other legal immigrant.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • onlyinamerica

      I agree. She has benefited from taxpayers generosity. She can show her appreciation by returning home and helping her fellow countrymen and just maybe she and other like her can stop the need for others to cross the border illegally. Or while at home she can apply for legal entry into the U.S.

      November 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Bill

    Yep. If you make 50k a year you make too much money, even in California, where we have millions of illegals. Somehow our legislature just passed the CA version of this stupid bill, and they are now eligible for our tax dollars. Never mind the fact that even if they were educated they STILL couldn't work here. Oh, that's going to be Dream Act part 3: Amnesty. What a disservice to all those who come here legally.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Fletch

    There are two parts to the Dream Act. The first, which has already passed, opens up private funding (ie student loans) to illegal immigrants. I don't believe anyone has a problem with this portion.

    The second, which is currently being debated among us, would open up tax payer funded grants to illegal aliens. As there is a finite amount of these grants a available, and as the selection process for these funds is totally subjective based on who reviews the applications, there is a significant chance that students who are in the country legally would miss out in favor of student who are not.

    That is why there is an incredible blowback against the Dream Act and Gil Cedeo. He is choosing to put foreign students (predominately Hispanic) ahead of American students. Those are the facts, and branding someone racist for stating those facts is a cheap ploy used for misdirection. Our taxes already pay for the K-12 education of illegal immigrants. We shouldn't pay for their higher education as well. They can take out student loans like most American students.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      That's a little less diplomatic than I would have stated it, Bill, but we are on the same page. It's a shame that some will pull the race card in an attempt to shut that dialogue down. What's happening out west isn't right.

      November 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      How does an illegal alien pay for student loans without a social security number? Secondly, this dream act can allow illegals access to money to pay for school. Since they're not U.S. Citizens, they can graduate and easily go back to thier home country without paying the loan back. There by the U.S. taxpayer is held accountable by paying more taxes. I consider this another handout.

      November 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • OldGoat

        How does an illegal alien pay for student loans without a social security number?

        I guess they have a problem, don't they. Too damned bad.

        November 29, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • People Need to Wake Up

      Starting in 2013, illegal aliens – WILL – have access to taxpayer funded FINANCIAL AID in California.

      It is disgusting.

      November 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beatriz

        As a tax paying California, I think its great! An educated society is a rich society.

        November 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  91. ProperVillain

    I'm a Romanian/Austrian-3rd generation American and I feel under represented. Where's the article about my people CNN?!

    November 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  92. ProperVillain

    I think we need to make things even and have "White in America" . Then we join the crowd and bellyache about how "unfair" things are too...

    November 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  93. margare

    where is my post?

    November 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • joepub

      Right here.

      November 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Che

      What message?
      Ohooooooops, I DELETED it.
      It is against CNN policy to post. Your usual "American Free Speech" doesn't exist here.

      November 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  94. jake

    Certainly there are companies in Mexico hiring. Perhaps the real issue is that Mexico isn't handing out free money to go to college for minorities.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beatriz

      Actually they are including giving money to its citizens to keep their children in school (elementary to college). You may not think Mexico is doing anything to fix the poverty and citizens running away from their country, but indeed they are making efforts to keep kids in school, out of trouble, and give them hope for success.

      November 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cav Scout

        Yup the mexican government is doing something about education and their own economy just look at their number 1 cash crop that keeps slipping across the border into the US in large bundles with the natives.
        Now if the US would just legalize that cash crop then mexico would be out of business.

        November 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beatriz

        Their cash crop? If Mexico was making money off that, they would be rich 10x over! They have other (legal) natural resources to ultilize and support their citizens. Instead of legalizing drugs (because marijuana is still a strong no matter how you look at it), the US needs to harshly penalilze the US ciitizens who take it and abuse it or provide support systems to get US people off of it. Supply and Demand... economics 101.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Jerry Grim

    furthering her education, i commend her. Punish her for trying to be a productive American citizen, Terrible! I know plenty of Dead beat americans that i would love to socialy replace her with.

    November 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Correction, she is NOT an American citizen. She is NOT legally in the country.

      November 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  96. BigguyinTx

    Thanks to irresponsible leaders like Jerry Brown, another giant hole was cut in tax payers pockets. No wonder Cali leads the country in not being able to pay it's own way...if you are a smart entrepeneur,vote with your feet and move to Texas.

    November 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Stephen

    But she still can't legally work...

    November 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Not only can she not work, but when she graduates, she won't be able to pay back the loan. Consider this another handout. The taxpayer will have to bailout the state for allowing this to happen.

      November 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  98. MickeyRaton

    A BIG OOOOOOPS!!!! To her ignorant parents.

    November 27, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  99. RV

    Illegal immigration is not a criminal offense, rather a civil offense....

    November 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda

      You are incorrect, it is most definitely a criminal offense. That is why police show up and arrest people for it.

      November 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • sharky

        Actually no, unfortunately it is only deemed a civil offense as said in the US Code of laws. I think a great deal many people in this country would LOVE it to be deemed a criminal offense, but that is up to the lawmakers and we know they will not do it. Look at the DOJ suing states for trying to control illegal populations.

        November 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ale

        Immigration is a civil matter, not criminal

        November 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • To_stupidity

      What, entering another country illegally is a civil offense? Totally ignorant comment!

      November 28, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Actually, the first offense is a misdemeanor (and you get deported) the second offense is a Felony and it is supposed to be jail and deportation. Most illegal aliens are on their second to fifth time. Side note: Only 2 to 4 percent work the farms. YEP.

      November 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Do you know what happens to people who get caught crossing from North Korea to China? They get shot in the back. Here, if the border patrol is lucky to catch them, then we drive them around in an air-conditioned bus and take them to the border. What a difference, heh?

      November 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kyle

        And? Should we strive to be more like North Korea?

        November 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cav Scout

        And then they are back in the US 20 minutes later

        November 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Bill

    I get that she deserved a chance to go to college. I'm glad to hear our system is so skewed toward people who aren't even citizens that they can get free education. At least now she'll go on to use that education to better this country by being a teacher/educator...oh wait, no now she wants to be a campaigner for other illegals. Awesome. A big waste of taxpayer money.

    November 26, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Because CNN champions illegals, and loves them.

      November 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
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