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If you think the children of undocumented immigrants should go to school, then please do something about it! That is the urgent message of Brenden Green of the Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition (CIRC) who pleads with supporters to keep up the heat on passage of Colorado SB-126 in a broadcast email to the community.
Brittany Hernandez with Eye Resist talks about Colorado Asset
Colorado ASSET-SB 126 ACTION ALERT!” Green says in his press release.
The opposition to the bill which would add thousands to school coffers and cost the state nothing is running into a buzz saw of opposition. Some people insist the only way to stop immigration is to take their frustration out on the children of immigrants, who remain innocent of breaking any law. Most crossed the border, all right. However, many were so young they could not form a memory of the crossing. Others like 9 to 12 year olds were doing as they were told. How can a child be guilty of crossing the border without inspection when she crossed at the age of 1 year?
“Our opponents are turning up the volume and have their people calling and emailing our state legislature.”
Green says there is a non-committed vote in Jean White, a Republican. They hope an intensive lobby effort will change her mind, and ask people to call her at 303-866-2586. The suggest people ask her to support this critical piece of legislation so that children do not continue to be victims in Colorado.
Undocumented youth are trapped in a system and have not been able to find a way out. Most grow up in the US, believe they are citizens, then get a big shock when it is with their friends. They don’t qualify for most colleges because they don’t have a social security number. They can’t get student aid or student loans, and to top it all off, they must pay in-state tuition.
The barrier to an education keeps many children born into poverty right where they are. Brilliant youth, some top of their class, are left with few options more than picking lettuce and living a life in which just getting by is difficult.
Colorado SB 126 solves these problems. While it does not provide a path to citizenship as did the Dream Act, it gives undocumented youth the chance to go to school. Using what they learn, they can start their own businesses or perhaps find a business that will take them. They don’t qualify for scholarships, but at least they don’t have to pay out of state tuition, a deal killer for most of them.
Tim Paynter and Manny "El Rey" with protesters at Colorado capitol
Colleges will benefit, as well. A similar law in Texas brought in over $17 million in needed revenue to the schools during the first year of use. It is the best deal going right now, even though it fails to address many immigrant issues. It is a step in the right direction towards keeping bright minds in the state instead of sending them to other places.
Brendan Greene from the Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition (CIRC) requests your yes vote on this critical issue. Without the help of the public undocumented youth will be once again castigated even though they have done nothing to deserve it. Schools will lose millions of dollars in revenue, and property taxes will no doubt reflect the huge budget cuts.
'Students will be discussing Colorado SB 126 this Saturday, March 5th, 2011, on 1150 AM Denver radio, Las Suavacitas del Recuerdo, at 11:00 am mountain time. Interested parties are welcome to make their comment by calling the stations hot line, 303.337.1150. The radio is also available by inter-net radio on http://suavacitas.blogspot.com/. Callers from others areas who advocate for the Dream Act might gain some insight by considering the Colorado law.
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