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Here’s to the DREAMers as They Graduate: You Inspire Us

by Maria Ponce on 05/20/2011 at 11:55am

Dream Act graduationWe wanted to dedicate this blog post to the many DREAMers who are graduating this year.

It’s dedicated to DREAMers like Angelica Hernandez from Arizona State University, who graduated this past weekend with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. However, because she doesn’t have legal status, she can only hope for the DREAM Act to pass so she can contribute to society:

For the more than 10,000 students graduating, they will soon start careers, but not Hernandez.

“It’s unfair for us that we are going to get our degree today, and we’re just going to hang it, and it’s going to look pretty on our wall, and we’re not going to be able to use it,” she said.

Hernandez is a very bright student. She has won awards for her academic excellence, but any employer who hires her would be committing a crime. Hernandez is an undocumented immigrant. Her mother snuck her across the Mexican border when she was just 9 years old.

More than a dozen other Arizona State graduates share a similar story.

“It’s unfair for us that we are going to get our degree today, and we’re just going to hang it, and it’s going to look pretty on our wall, and we’re not going to be able to use it,” she said.

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