Finding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

Monday, March 12, 2012

Immigration reform has been a hot button topic in this campaign cycle — but for all the talk, there hasn’t been much real action. As the government stalls on immigration reform, many private citizens are taking actions into their own hands. It’s a 21st century “Underground Railroad” of sorts — a network of Americans who are quietly finding ways to assist their undocumented neighbors and friends, particularly the young people whose parents brought them here illegally as children. About 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year.

Kathy Gin is a teacher who founded Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC), a nonprofit that gives scholarships, career advice and legal services to students brought to the US illegally as children. Jose Antonio Vargas is an award-winning multimedia journalist and the founder of the "Define American" immigration campaign. He’s also an undocumented immigrant.

Guests:

Kathy Gin and Jose Antonio Vargas

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Mythili Rao

Comments [3]

Nightingale from utah

I agree with Mr Vargas.It is easy to condemn others for what we perceive as wrong but take a moment to walk in his shoes.From the moment he entered an American classroom he has become an american.Before his classes started he probably took the pledge as does each and every american student.He was taught to be proud to be an american and so how could he be anything else?
Take a moment to think what we are asking of him.Laws are made to better our society and they are not carved in stone.So many laws have been changed because they did not work.His parents brought him here so he could have a better life because they believed if they tried here they would succeed.If they have survived here without papers that is proof enough that they are a benefit to this country.They should get to live the american dream.

Mar. 12 2012 07:36 PM
D.L.Mc

Ha Ha Ha
The guest host does not yet know the "right" questions to ask. Kathy Gin is left speechless when asked if an illegal immigrant being granted a internship results in an American citizen being denied that opportunity.

I can sympathize with the plight of these children. Unfortunately rewarding illegal behavior only results in more of it. The fact Mr. Vargas feels free to go public with his status and has not even been approached by immigration illustrates why so many US citizens are frustrated.

Mar. 12 2012 10:46 AM
Day Lilly from RI

I have just listened to a segment about undocumented students and I disagree with many points made by Jose Antonio Vargas. Students such and Mr. Vargas need to find fault with their parents for bringing them to the US illegally. Dislike of the law is not a valid reason to find yourself and other like yourself exempt from the laws. The length of time as an illegal does not validate citizenship. He suggested we need to know who he is....I do not need to know who he is to know he is not entitled to citizenship. He said he considers himself a US citizen. I wish for world peace, but it does not mean the world is at peace. I do not believe he stated one valid reason that he or others in the same situation should become a citizen. If he wants to become a legal citizen of the USA he needs to go about it as the law dictates.

Mar. 12 2012 09:46 AM

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