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Young immigrants seek reprieve through new Obama program

Original post made on Aug 28, 2012

Hundreds of young immigrants showed up at a Menlo Park church Sunday to get legal advice on applying for President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which could grant them a two-year reprieve from possible deportation.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

I have heard a lot about this lately. What is not being reported is what will happen after the "temporary" status expires?

If this is only temporary, what is the point?


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Posted by Ali
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 28, 2012 at 11:04 am

It's also not likely that these "children" will be able to get federal financial aid, since they're still illegal aliens and the requirements for getting it don't (as yet) include having a work permit which is what they'll have. They'll be able to work to pay for school, and can qualify for state and private aid, as they already do in some states, but the federal largesse is not likely to be available for them.


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Posted by Peeps
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

Seems like the point is to help young adults in this country who are here through no fault of their own, have worked hard at school and want to continue on the road to be productive member of our great community. Maybe the Republicans should have passed Bush's immigration reform, or Marco Rubio's. Or just amnesty everyone like Reagan did.

Now they have alienated an entire generation of Latinos. That's why Romney is losing persons of color by a 2-1 margin. All just to keep working on Nixon's old Southern Strategury.

ya think Romney will crack another birth certificate 'joke' at the RNC? Such a funny white guy!

Momma says stupid is as stupid does. Even GOP insiders are saying this will be the last election the GOP will be able to alienate the non-white vote.

But peeps have a long memory....


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I'm sorry, but I have children of college age and this whole thing bothers me to no end. I don't have the money to pay for my kid's schooling. From the UC's to the community colleges, fees are being raised. Class sizes, reduced. Classes eliminated off the curriculum entirely. Pell grants, diminished. Loans, difficult and expensive to obtain and pay back. I have lived in the United States all of my life, and paid my taxes. My kids have worked hard in school, and wish to complete their college education. At this point, it's getting really difficult. The State of California claims to be broke, but somehow, FORTY MILLION DOLLARS WAS 'FOUND' to pay for the Dream Act. I'm sorry that the parents of these children did what they did, and in a lot of cases, I don't blame them, but American kids should not be harmed while children whose parents broke the law get to benefit. The Dream Act for kids who come from American, Californian, families of modest means, has become the Nightmare Act.

And now, let the attacks begin...


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Posted by Attacks begin
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Aug 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm

"And now, let the attacks begin..." On grammar, or the winded, run-on sentence structure?

"The Dream Act for kids who come from American, Californian, families of modest means, has become the Nightmare Act." Didn't these kids mostly grow up in California? Aren't they earning the chance to go to college on merit, through their hard work? You want to hand government money to a bunch of local kids just because they were born somewhere, without any merit involved?

Seems to me, these kids represent the continuing uniquely America story, represented in every American family that ever had descendents immigrate to the continent. Now poster "Enough" has his/hers, wants to pull the ladder up behind him. Selfish, selfish, selfish.

Does not apply to Native Americans, of course.



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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

@Attacks, thank you for making my point. As usual, people on these boards don't disappoint in their petty demagoguery and smug superiority. For one thing, my children ARE Native American. Their Rancheria is broke. For another, not every kid, no matter how hard they work, qualifies for a scholarship. They have been applying for help, and are being told that there is no money. Let me ask, do YOU have children currently going through this situation? If you don't, keep your idyllic little all inclusive American dream to yourself, it doesn't reflect experience or reality.


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Posted by Attacks begin
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Aug 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Wow. Re-read it without your blinders on.

To answer your question, yes I am " currently going through this situation"


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

When a person attacks another personally, such as on their style of writing, or name-calling as in telling someone they are selfish, that is enough to raise the hackles on anyone's back. Perhaps in future threads, you could address the issue at hand instead of attacking the writing style and personal attributes of a person you don't know. I have taken in 8 kids, non related, off reservations, gave them love, shelter and food, and put them through school. On my own dime, not one penny from the government or their parents. I earn what basically amounts to just above poverty level, especially in this area, but I shared what I had with those kids. Tell me, O Great God of the Written Word, what have you done for society lately?


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Posted by Attacks begin
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Aug 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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Posted by stephen levy
a resident of University South
on Aug 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

stephen levy is a registered user.

The answer is to fund all our kids. Voters will get a chance in November with Props 30 and 38.

I don't think the state Dream Act moves take much money "away" from other students but I appreciate the difficulty many families are having with the cost and lessened college access.

We shoot ourselves in the foot by not expanding college opportunity and access for all qualified students including young people brought here by their parents who, except for their parents' status, would be welcome additions to our talent base.


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