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Georgia Cracks Down on Undocumented Students

Wednesday, October 20, 2010   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Alberto Elvira
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By Andrew Davis

Georgia is cracking down on illegal immigrant education.

A new state policy stops colleges from accepting illegal students if they have rejected any "legal" academically qualified students.

Jesus Arroyo is like any other student at AASU. He's a Sophomore, in classes and in a fraternity. The only difference is that he's undocumented, not a U.S citizen.

But his "illegal" status isn't stopping him from getting a degree.
"It would be a bomb. It would be stopping my dreams," Arroyo explained if he had to leave college.  

That's how Jesus Arroyo feels about the Georgia Board of Regents plan to make it harder for undocumented students to get into college.

"We value how far we get," said Arroyo. "At least the undocumented students we value how far we get and what we are here for."

Jesus says he's here for a better education. That's why he made the difficult trek following his parents over the border when he was just 11 years old.

"Desperate way of coming," explained Arroyo. "I had to jump the fence, thank god I was able to make it."

Since then Jesus has seen his share of troubles, but through it all has kept a 4-point-0 grade point average through high school and college. He knows a good education is the key to a better life.

"A lot of people want to be a professional, want to offer something to their family," said Arroyo. "That's the reason hispanics came to this country, to get a better education a better life for their kids because they don't want us to suffer like they suffered."

A better life Jesus is now passing on to others. Immigrants like himself who he's helping teach they can become part of American culture.. And as for the people who want to limit his education... Jesus has a question..

"Why should I not deserve it because I wasn't born here?" said Arroyo. "The only difference between you and me is that I wasn't born here and you were."

Since he was undocumented, Jesus wasn't eligible for any federal aid or hope scholarship money.

Because of his grades and extra curricular activities, jesus was able to get another scholarship from the Goizuetta foundation. One designed specifically for latino students.

His goal?? To get a degree, and eventually become a trauma surgeon in the United States.


Jonathan Rodriguez says...
Posted Friday, November 26, 2010
Really powerful story.

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