Minority voters, including 71 percent of the Latino electorate, played a major role in assuring the President Obama's victory this year. Immigration reform is high on the list of priorities for these voters, and many Obama Administration officials have hinted that it’s one of the president’s top priorities.
When she withdrew her bid for Secretary of State, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told NBC's Brian Williams, "There are so many things we need to get done as a country. The first several months of the second-term president’s agenda is really the opportunity to get the crucial things done.We’re talking about comprehensive immigration reform, balanced deficit reduction, job creation – that’s what matters."
For now, immigration policy varies widely from state to state. In Massachusetts, undocumented immigrants pay the same in-state college tuition as any other student, but in Georgia, undocumented immigrants are barred from the state’s five most selective public universities. At schools they’re allowed to attend, they have to pay out-of-state tuition.
University of Georgia professor Betina Kaplan wanted to find a way to assist these students, so she and two other professors founded Freedom University, a free school that provides classes for undocumented immigrants. Maricela Delgado is one of Professor Kaplan’s students at Freedom University.