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Off the Record

The American dream should be within the graspof those willing to work for it

The American dream, coming to the United States, is all some ever hope for in their lives.

But once they arrive, some continue to stay beyond legal means, and with them they bring their children.

Last month a select group of people, among them students, asked the Grandview School Board to approve a resolution voicing support for giving undocumented students access to federal financial aid.

This is a touchy subject, but I feel that the request, if formally adopted in any capacity, is only addressing part of the issue.

Most go to college to get a higher paying job. If a student is undocumented, are they even legally able to work? No.

Undocumented students do not have the same rights to education and federal financial aid as do others. But giving them those rights will still leave them at a stand-still four years later.

The students and their supporters pleaded with the school board to pass a resolution in support of students being given access to this money. In their plea they made points about punishing the children for their parents’ actions; they also referenced some students who were unaware until recently that they were undocumented.

With that bit of bad news, their dreams of college are crushed. While their classmates are off to college, they are left to stay home with an uncertain future.

While I believe these are all good points to consider, I feel these same points should be made in a case to expedite permanent residency or citizenship to these students who seemingly had no control of their current situation.

Then they would be granted access to the federal aid, be able to earn a degree and get that job they wanted.

My plan isn’t flawless or even a completed thought just yet, but I think the current campaign is a little too narrow to fully meet the needs of the students.

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