Wednesday, February 8, 2012
This is in response to the article about the Grandview School Board being asked to adopt a resolution supporting undocumented students' rights to secure financial aid for college. I was reading some of the replies to this article and it broke my heart to know how many ignorant people there are in the valley.
I am a college student at Western Washington University and I am very fortunate to be among the low percentage of students who attend a four-year university after high school, due to the high dropout rate. I come from a low income and migrant farm working family. If I were an undocumented student I would not have the opportunity of attending college due to the need of financial aid.
Being of color has affected me in many areas of my life. I have been told I am at Western because of affirmative action, or have been told to speak slower due to my accent. But these little things have also made me stronger in who I am. No matter how corporate I become, I will always lend a hand to the community I grew up in.
So many of these students are very smart and they are our future, there is no way the government can send everyone back to Mexico and these kids know more about American history than their own history.
Contrary to some of the replies I've read after this story was published, how can someone say ask the "Mexican Government" for financial aid when they know nothing of the country they were born in?
Other students who are documented or "White" do not even take the opportunity to attend college when they can.
We are all illegal in this country - it does not belong to us. Where is equal opportunity, or "No child left behind' when it comes to higher education? A student who is educated and has a good GPA, has participated during high school and been involved should have every right to attend college and receive scholarships to pursue their higher education.
/s/ Jamie Valencia, Sunnyside