Going to bat
It troubles 17-year-old Mara Bauermeister that undocumented immigrant students enrolled in Rogue Valley schools who master English and earn good grades find out after graduation there are few options for higher education.
It also troubles me that illegal aliens can't go to college to get the jobs that they can't legally do.
South Medford students junior Liduvina Garcia, sophomore Elizabeth Garcia and sophomore Elizabeth Valazco told Bauermeister they wanted a way to fight discrimination on the campus and to portray a better image of Latino students.
They felt the public perception of Hispanic students had been further tarnished by a drive-by shooting Feb. 18 involving Latino gangs near the South Medford campus. No one was injured.
Perhaps with a little in-state tuition the gangbangers would stop shooting each other...
A year as an exchange student in Chile sparked Bauermeister's interest in immigration.
Her host family, who had been undocumented workers in the United States, recounted the struggles it faced.
"The family was worried to go to the police if something happened because they were worried about getting deported, and they couldn't get any medical benefits," Bauermeister recalled. "I was surprised that happens in the U.S."
I too am suprised that people who break our laws can't always seem to find taxpayer funded freebies... they must not have been living in Oregon.
Does anyone actually feel sorry for these people? You made your bed, now lie in it. I'm waiting for the sob story from the car thief who gets pulled over and cries to the media that since "their" car was taken they have no transportation to work. And then they can't feed their children. It's all about the children.