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Continued: Minnesota Senate boosts undocumented students’ college dreams

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 2, 2013 - 12:13 AM

Regardless, it was a good day for Nestor Gomez. Carrying a U.S. flag and wearing a Minnesota Twins cap, the 19-year-old was in front of the Capitol for the rally.

Gomez, who calls himself a “dreamer,” was brought to this country illegally from Mexico by his parents when he was 10. He’s now a sophomore at North Hennepin Technical College and wants to attend the University of Minnesota to study bio-engineering.

Because he is undocumented, he doesn’t qualify for financial aid. He has three younger siblings, all born in the United States, who qualify for financial help.

“A lot of students, community members, have been active for almost a decade and nothing. Until today we actually see some improvement,” he said. “I love this society. You can’t really take me away from this. It is the place where I’m from.”

 

Mark Brunswick • 612-673-4434



 

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