Illegal valedictorian: Immigrant status stunts former University Hi...

Full story: Waco Tribune-Herald

Grecia Cantu gazed into the faces of her classmates on a day last June and stifled an urge to cry.
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She's using a surname that's not real to protect her parents? And we're to give her a pass? No way! Now she's an illegal alien border jumper aiding and abetting her illegal parents. Boot all of them out of the country!
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Grecia Cantu, IMHO, is innocent to a large degree here - innocent but not immune to the laws of the land.
I hold nothing against her, she must be an excellent student being the valedictorian of her class, she appears to represent the better qualities of any high school student. On the other hand I question her judgement for using a surname to protect the parents, not what I would call a high ethical standard from a valedictorian.
The parents had to know, as illegal immigrants, what was in store for their children here. If they disregarded the law and the facts then shame on them.
This is one of the very few times I have had divided feelings and thoughts on the matter - any opinions, advice or suggestions from the posters here would be apprieciated.
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When my kids were born, I had to get them a social security card. When I filed my income taxes every year, the IRS wanted to know the names of my kids and their social security number. When my kids reached the age of 15-16 then they went to driver's training to be able to get their driver's license. When they went to get their driver's license they had to show a birth certificate. Also they wanted to see a social security card. Preferably with the correct kids name on it. I think that long before Baylor told this girl that she was illegally in this country,(hence, Monterey, Mexico was a dim memory for her) that she already knew she was illegal. "Mom, why can't I get a driver's license?" Maybe God wants her in Mexico to be a teacher. Maybe she can go to college in Mexico. Mayber her parents can pay for her education there.
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Sad story but it is the way it should be. The US tax payers/Citizens owe her nothing, the parents do. They took a very risky chance with their childs live and messed it up. We are not here to bail out foriegn parents from bad dicisions. It really takes a lot of never to ask or even hope for us to change our laws to help her. The people of the US have plenty of sad stories of our own to tend to.
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So much money has been wasted on educating foreign nationals now they want the laws changed to suit them.

They even want a loan.

This is just another glaring example that even known illegal aliens are not deported.
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That girl and her brothers all got an education with our tax dollars and now that are all grown up they want us to change our laws bcuse they think its not fair well now that they have gotten a good free education its time for them to go back to where they came from and start their lives over and get permission to come here legally and I don't think we should pass any deam act law for these people just bcuse their parents brought them here so I say she needs to get over it and be thnkful she's been allowed to be here along with her familly breaking the law.

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This girl's parents brought her here illegally from Monterrey, Mexico. Monterrey is a thriving city of one million plus. Not exactly you're everyday hellhole most of the invaders claim they're fleeing. I'm just wondering what exactly her parents WERE 'fleeing' and why they thought living in the United States ILLEGALLY would mean a better life for their children! Maybe they need 'protecting' from more than just our immigration authorities. Hm...
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to the top again.
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illegal is illegal. Feel sorry for this girl but, there are a lot of citizens that have tragic stories and that doesn't mean we should rewrite the laws to accomadate them.
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Are you kidding me? You people are clearly ignorant. She was brought here by her parents without a choice as a child, so why is she a criminal? Your complaining about how she is trying to get an education for herself using your tax dollars, BUT you still pay tax dollars for the U.S citizens who want money from the gov. to pay for everything while they sit at home popping out kids left and right just to recieve more money, but they go out and buy a $150 pair of new jordans. I don't hear any complaints about them. Maybe instead of wasting your time criticizing a young woman in this situation you should criticize the illegal immigrants who are here commiting crimes and our fellow americans who don't work for a living, but are living the high life. If the tables were turned I'm curious as to how you would want to be treated.
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Brooke - No, no one is kidding you and these folks are far from ignorant.
To call Grecia a criminal is not valid, correct me if I am wrong here but she was never referred to as a criminal by any of the posters. Outside the law, yes, a criminal, no. Quite a difference there!
There are numerous examples of abuse of taxpayers monies across the board, be it by citizens or illegals. The abuse is abuse either way, to attempt to differentiate it between US citizens and illegals is futile. It should not be tolerated no matter what the origin.
Frankly I have no sympathy for the citizen that is lazy and living beyond their means or the illegals who are doing the crime but not time, both are rubbish in my estimation.
Back to the original thought here, which is, should Grecia expect to continue her education in this country. She has virtues to her credit, no doubt, but she also lacks the citizenship status required to seek financial support through education beyond high school. If she decides to continue her education here, it is my opinion that she will need to do it of her own accord and not dependent upon the American taxpayer. She will need to get in line, take a number and find her own way through.
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Jul 26, 2010
 
Barb304 wrote:
This girl's parents brought her here illegally from Monterrey, Mexico. Monterrey is a thriving city of one million plus. Not exactly you're everyday hellhole most of the invaders claim they're fleeing. I'm just wondering what exactly her parents WERE 'fleeing' and why they thought living in the United States ILLEGALLY would mean a better life for their children! Maybe they need 'protecting' from more than just our immigration authorities. Hm...
so i guess you have lived in montery? mexico at this time would not be safe for her.
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barry wrote:
<quoted text>so i guess you have lived in montery? mexico at this time would not be safe for her.
So! Not our problem.
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So! Not our problem.
it is our problem as we are not a country that turns innocent children loose in dangerous situations.

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barry wrote:
<quoted text>so i guess you have lived in montery? mexico at this time would not be safe for her.


And if we continue to allow this invasion of our country IT soon won't be safe for us!
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Barb304 wrote:
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And if we continue to allow this invasion of our country IT soon won't be safe for us!
i agree but it is not this young lady's fault. so let's not punish her for the sins of others when she most likely could be come a very successfull producer in our society.
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It is a sad story and I can feel sorry for the youg lady but the fact remains she is breaking our laws every day she is in this country. Countries, states and municipalities must have laws or the whole world would be like camp run-a-muck.

Yes her story is sad, but what it is even sadder is that she has been able to make a mockery of our countries' laws all these years.

Anyway if she thinks it is bad for her here she should see what Mexico would do if an American slipped into it with a young child. That child would probalby have not even be able to attend school.

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i dont feel sorry for her... this kind of crap boils me to know end.... i am so sick of this crap..... i'll bet she got all kinds of grants to... WHEN WILL SOMEONE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS... schools are having a hard enough time of it as is it... i dont care what kind of school it may be... this is total B.S.
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marriedanlovinit wrote:
i dont feel sorry for her... this kind of crap boils me to know end.... i am so sick of this crap..... i'll bet she got all kinds of grants to... WHEN WILL SOMEONE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS... schools are having a hard enough time of it as is it... i dont care what kind of school it may be... this is total B.S.
if she doesn't have a ss# she can't get any federal grants or loans.
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Barb304 wrote:
This girl's parents brought her here illegally from Monterrey, Mexico. Monterrey is a thriving city of one million plus. Not exactly you're everyday hellhole most of the invaders claim they're fleeing. I'm just wondering what exactly her parents WERE 'fleeing' and why they thought living in the United States ILLEGALLY would mean a better life for their children! Maybe they need 'protecting' from more than just our immigration authorities. Hm...
actually if you read the story they all came here legally. they applied for permanant residency 9 years ago based on her grandfather being a citizen. our gov is incapable of expediting paperwork in a timely manner.
if the gov successfully delays for another two years she will have to re-aply as an individual and wait perhaps another 10 years but really as an individual with no country, no job, no resources, no money, she would have no chance.
so now you get a glimpse of one of the underlying problems that immigrants must deal with.

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