Monday, December 16th, 2019

Immigrants Without Papers Find Paths to College, Careers


"Going to college seemed inconceivable when Adriana Sanchez, the 12-year-old daughter of farm workers, was brought from Mexico to Central California and the family overstayed their visas.  Even though Sanchez excelled in high school, she was in the country illegally, lacked a Social Security
number and work permit, and didn't qualify for financial aid. But she
volunteered hundreds of hours and paid her way through college and
graduate school with a dozen internships.  Now 24, Sanchez graduated last week from California State University,
Fresno with a master's degree in International Relations, a full-time
job and no loans to repay. Using a gray area in federal law, she works
as an independent contractor." – Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press, May 26, 2012