I am an undocumented immigrant at Stanford University

May 17, 2013 Full story: Guardian Unlimited 581

Without immigration reform I will be left jobless and exposed after I graduate. This isn't just a political issue to me Immigrants arrive at the border city of Nuevo Laredo after a nine hour trip from Monterrey, Mexico in this May 5, 2006 file photo.

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freebird

Long Beach, CA

#65 May 19, 2013
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An Undocumented Stanford Admission

I was born and raised less than two miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border in a tiny town with dirt roads. When I was four, my family migrated from Mexico to the United States in search of a better life.

Texas -- Dad, who had been a bank teller and restaurant manager in his home country, took a job here in construction

I never attempted to hide my undocumented status from the universities I applied to. My mission at Yale Bulldog Days was not just to meet potential classmates and professors, but also to ask Yale for more financial aid based on my inability to work in the country. It was my honesty about my immigration status that partially helped me get full financial aid from Stanford. Technically, Stanford admitted me through its international student pool, where there is no access to U.S. government funds for financial aid, and only private university money subsidizes students with financial need. Stanford chose to fund my entire budget, eliminating my own contribution because it knew I could not legally work to generate income in the country.

At Stanford, I met up with mom and my high school college counselor. My high school was kind enough to cover my mom’s flight to Palo Alto for the weekend. My college counselor and I felt that mom would be more comfortable letting me leave Texas for four years if she actually visited the place I might potentially call home.

“How are your first few weeks at Stanford going?” she asked.

“Classes have been hard but I’m adjusting well,” I focused on academics. We spoke about my course schedule and talked about computer systems engineering, my intended major at the time. Then I said,“I have also been thinking about graduate school and wanted to talk to you about it. I’m curious about what the admission process is like for undocumented students.”

“Let’s look at some public schools in California,” she suggested.

I was not sure why she wanted to focus on public schools in California. I was not even from California. I grew frustrated and led the conversation in a different direction.
“I was actually thinking about Stanford,” I told her.

“We don’t accept undocumented students in the School of Engineering,” she told me. I grew even more frustrated.

“Why is that?” I asked skeptically.

She then continued to talk about forms I had never heard of in my life. She said that as an undocumented person, I would be unable to provide the required documentation for my grad school application.

“If I had listened to people who said I could not attend Stanford undergrad because of my immigration status, I would not be here right now,” I retorted.

“This is different,” she insisted. We finished talking about California public schools and wrapped up our meeting.

I left her office and walked into the Stanford Main Quad. Over and over again during Stanford New Student Orientation administrators assured freshmen that none of us had been mistakenly admitted. With those words, Stanford tried to assuage the worries of students who felt they were not cut out for its academic rigor. I was confident enough in my academic preparation from high school that I rarely questioned whether Stanford had incorrectly assessed my abilities.

I could still hear the words of my academic advisor echoing through my head:“We don’t accept undocumented students in the School of Engineering.” As I walked under the blinding sun and sky-reaching palm trees emblematic of Stanford’s campus, I thought to myself,“Maybe my advisor was right. Maybe I can’t get into Stanford grad school.” I thought about the four college years ahead of me.

“Maybe,” I considered,“I really don’t belong here.”
freebird

Long Beach, CA

#66 May 19, 2013
Notice how the illegal vermin is getting everything handed to him for free. He even thinks the taxpayer should pay for it since he can't work in the U.S. legally. Yet Obama says he can at least for 2 years.
Faith

New Baltimore, MI

#67 May 19, 2013
Mexicans have no right to expect that they can come here and squat in America.
How would those savages like it if Americans suddenly flooded into Mexico, changed everything to English and expected them to adapt to our culture?
STD free

United States

#68 May 19, 2013
444AAAA wrote:
What is amazing to me us that this wet back piece of shit got a free education courtesy of the American taxpayer and now he wants more, more, more. These demanding lowlife scum must be rounded up, thrown onto buses and deported. They are a cancer on this country. Please, please resist when they come for you, wet backs, so we can throw in a good beating as well.
Yeah sorry his parents broke the law and as a result he should go back to Mexico and apply to get in this country legally.

“a smile for my friends”

Since: Jul 07

rochester, n. y.

#69 May 19, 2013
MsWolf wrote:
<quoted text>
Hahaha... Ok, I will shut up because its pointless to fight back stupid people. Have a good day and keep breathing your American air. IGNORANT!
No MsWolf. I am not ignorant. And i do not think that you are either. And i hope that you dont run off. I was talking to you like that becouse you were talking to me and others here like we are a bunch of back woods redneck traler park hicks. Which we are not. I and others here are just so tired of these im illegal alien crimminals crying about, im illegal but ya gotta forgive me becouse ive been here 11 years and now im afraid im gonna get caught m.f.s crying and asking to stay cause they stole an education. We are tired of it.
We listoned to it for bout 20 years now. In 11 years this thief could have got permision to stay, legaly. And he didnt. So i say kick his *Ss out. Did you enjoy paying for what he stole from some American kid? I dont! Talk to me like a human being and i at least will talk to you in the same way
See the light

El Paso, TX

#70 May 19, 2013
I don't mind keeping illegals like him that are educated and will contribute, Its the ones who won't learn English and make American Citizens support them.Those I would gladly ship back to Mexico.

“a smile for my friends”

Since: Jul 07

rochester, n. y.

#71 May 19, 2013
libertarian4321 wrote:
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Cheap labor?
Hell, this kid is going to be a Stanford engineering grad. He ain't going to work cheap.
Sure, I could hire some less intelligent, less motivated, less educated American kid to do the job, then have to hover over him to make sure he was doing it right. But I have better things to do than babysit some kid who'd rather be playing Xbox than working.
This Mexican kid is clearly intelligent, driven, and a go-getter- not some spoiled, entitled kid who sloughed his way through college. He's the kind of person that every company wants to hire, regardless of where he was born.
Hell, if this guy is as sharp as he sounds, I'd hire him, drop him 10 feet across the border, and let him telecommute (just to avoid the hassles of hiring him here in the USA).
Well then why dont you just go down and open up an office down in mexico. Then when he gets his thieving ass deported you can give him a job. Becouse his crying ass just outed himself here on the www. Yeah.
ZIGZAG

Houston, TX

#72 May 19, 2013
anti IR are selfish people..don't give soon u can achive your goals and live peacefully

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#73 May 19, 2013
georgeply77 wrote:
<quoted text>Well then why dont you just go down and open up an office down in mexico. Then when he gets his thieving ass deported you can give him a job. Becouse his crying ass just outed himself here on the www. Yeah.
No need to open and office- you can get so much work done today by just telecommuting.

In a couple of years, I'll probably just be able to hire a guy like him outright, because enough Americans are realizing it's incredibly stupid to push away bright, talented people like this kid.

“a smile for my friends”

Since: Jul 07

rochester, n. y.

#74 May 19, 2013
libertarian4321 wrote:
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No need to open and office- you can get so much work done today by just telecommuting.
In a couple of years, I'll probably just be able to hire a guy like him outright, because enough Americans are realizing it's incredibly stupid to push away bright, talented people like this kid.
No i dont think so. In a couple of years this kids gonna relize the our pollititions are just using him and those like him as pawns in the war to curry votes then they will toss his illegal ass out. No matter which party wins the next election. And you know it too. The differance between us is that you want to use him and i want him gone. Niether one of us gives a sh*t about him. And that mr. Business man is that. I want him gone to save the resorces for an American kid. You want to keep him to line you`re pocket.

“One Night”

Since: Aug 12

It Just Disappeared

#75 May 19, 2013
~ Stanford Fight Song ~
http://youtu.be/Js93kZcLRFI

“a smile for my friends”

Since: Jul 07

rochester, n. y.

#76 May 19, 2013
DJ ICE XIII wrote:
~ Stanford Fight Song ~
http://youtu.be/Js93kZcLRFI
Lol! Good evening too yo DJ.

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#77 May 19, 2013
georgeply77 wrote:
<quoted text>No i dont think so. In a couple of years this kids gonna relize the our pollititions are just using him and those like him as pawns in the war to curry votes then they will toss his illegal ass out. No matter which party wins the next election. And you know it too. The differance between us is that you want to use him and i want him gone. Niether one of us gives a sh*t about him. And that mr. Business man is that. I want him gone to save the resorces for an American kid. You want to keep him to line you`re pocket.
Nonsense.

What "resources"- he's going to graduate Stanford with an engineering degree. At that point, he is the resource. Better for the USA to have a bright, driven, educated kid than to send him to Mexico or anywhere else.

Some of you are so blinded by your hatred you can't even see the obvious- that this kid would be a huge benefit to the USA.

Take off the hood for a minute and try thinking about it objectively.
Karen

United States

#78 May 19, 2013
libertarian4321 the nigger lover just wrote:
<quoted text>
Nonsense.
What "resources"- he's going to graduate Stanford with an engineering degree. At that point, he is the resource. Better for the USA to have a bright, driven, educated kid than to send him to Mexico or anywhere else.
Some of you are so blinded by your hatred you can't even see the obvious- that this kid would be a huge benefit to the USA.
Take off the hood for a minute and try thinking about it objectively. I love black ANIMALS and illegal aliens.
I see...

“a smile for my friends”

Since: Jul 07

rochester, n. y.

#79 May 19, 2013
libertarian4321 wrote:
<quoted text>
Nonsense.
What "resources"- he's going to graduate Stanford with an engineering degree. At that point, he is the resource. Better for the USA to have a bright, driven, educated kid than to send him to Mexico or anywhere else.
Some of you are so blinded by your hatred you can't even see the obvious- that this kid would be a huge benefit to the USA.
Take off the hood for a minute and try thinking about it objectively.
Look at the suit business boy. There is no hood on it. And the resorce he stole was a seat in an American college. A seat that coulld have been filled by an American kid. And low rent traitors like you seem to present you`re self as would rather hire him than an American. I wonder why? Think you can get him for pennneys intead of dollars? Thats the way it sounds to me. You trying to make you`re way into the one percenter club on the back of illegal aliens? How many illegals ya got working for you already? Five? Fifteen? Fifty?

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#80 May 19, 2013
georgeply77 wrote:
<quoted text>Look at the suit business boy. There is no hood on it. And the resorce he stole was a seat in an American college. A seat that coulld have been filled by an American kid. And low rent traitors like you seem to present you`re self as would rather hire him than an American. I wonder why? Think you can get him for pennneys intead of dollars? Thats the way it sounds to me. You trying to make you`re way into the one percenter club on the back of illegal aliens? How many illegals ya got working for you already? Five? Fifteen? Fifty?
Have you ever been near a top notch American university? Huge numbers of "seats" are taken up by foreign students. The better the university, especially for technical schools, the more foreign students. Just because a university is in the USA doesn't mean it's just for American students. Especially not for top notch private schools like Stanford. They take the best students, period, regardless of where they were born. If an American kid wants to go there, he'd better bring his "A" game and be ready to compete with top notch talent from around the world, because those schools don't give a damn if some American thinks it's his birth right to go there. This Mexican kid sounds like to of the line talent, that's why Stanford accepted him and helped fund his tuition. As a private school, they are well within their rights to do so.

If an under achieving American kid wants a "seat" in college, there are plenty of State schools that will take his mediocre ass. Try some hyphenated State U where a pulse and the ability to fog a mirror will get you in.

BTW, with kids like that, you can't pay them "pennies on the dollar." This isn't an onion picker, this is a Stanford engineering grad. Companies around the world will pay top dollar for him, even if Americans are too insular and stupid to do so...
spud

Bangor, PA

#85 May 20, 2013
MD Conservative wrote:
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Typical bleeding heart liberal. Let's give give to the illegals, while vilifying LEGAL Immigrants and US CITIZENS.
This dude is just a traitor who doesn't give a damn about this country. His only concern is to maximize his profits even if it means hiring illegal aliens. He uses subcontractors so he doesn't have to take the fall for illegal hiring. He's a lowlife weasel. Imagine what would happen to this country if everyone had his attitude.
Priapus

Austin, TX

#87 May 20, 2013
libertarian4321 wrote:
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Then maybe that American citizen should have worked a little harder.
C'mon, folks, if you were born here get beat out by a poor Mexican kid, you just didn't work hard enough. You had all the advantages over him and he still beat you.
This kid is good enough to not only get into a top school, but from the sounds of it, he's excelling at Stanford. That's the kind of intelligent, hard working kid I'd love to have working for me. I wish more American kids had that kind of drive.
You know not what you speak of.
As a teen in high school I worked part time during school and full time in the summer in the strawberry and melon fields. The pay then was the min wage of $3.35 an hour and yes it was hard work. 10-15 hours in the 105 blazing sun during the summer months. We Americans did the work and was paid the min pay there was. The adults doing it for years alreaday made somewhat more, until the illegal aliens started showing up in the mid 80s.
By next season no part time work for the teens and no summer work and eventually no Americans had those field jobs as illegals had them all. The illegals were getting paid literally $1.50 an hour in cash at the end of each day and not taxed. My $3.35 an hour paycheck was taxed.
Do not tell me Mexicans outworked Americans, they just work so much cheaper doing the same work and thereby displace the Americans. It is as much the fault of their employers as it is the illegal aliens.
I ended my senior year with no job and many American families has to move to the larger cities to find work. I attended and graduated UT Austin with a Bachelor and Masters degree so I fared well but in my hometown Mexicans have taken over. The town got it's first welfare office and public housing untis within 2 years of the illegals arriving. The hospital had to be expanded as did the schools. What few actual taxpayers remain are taxed to the max to pay for the illegals and the state/welfare checks the illegals get for their American born kids. Many of the remaining Americans in town ended up getting on welfare too as they had no means to support themselves.
spud

Bangor, PA

#88 May 20, 2013
Priapus wrote:
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You know not what you speak of.
As a teen in high school I worked part time during school and full time in the summer in the strawberry and melon fields. The pay then was the min wage of $3.35 an hour and yes it was hard work. 10-15 hours in the 105 blazing sun during the summer months. We Americans did the work and was paid the min pay there was. The adults doing it for years alreaday made somewhat more, until the illegal aliens started showing up in the mid 80s.
By next season no part time work for the teens and no summer work and eventually no Americans had those field jobs as illegals had them all. The illegals were getting paid literally $1.50 an hour in cash at the end of each day and not taxed. My $3.35 an hour paycheck was taxed.
Do not tell me Mexicans outworked Americans, they just work so much cheaper doing the same work and thereby displace the Americans. It is as much the fault of their employers as it is the illegal aliens.
I ended my senior year with no job and many American families has to move to the larger cities to find work. I attended and graduated UT Austin with a Bachelor and Masters degree so I fared well but in my hometown Mexicans have taken over. The town got it's first welfare office and public housing untis within 2 years of the illegals arriving. The hospital had to be expanded as did the schools. What few actual taxpayers remain are taxed to the max to pay for the illegals and the state/welfare checks the illegals get for their American born kids. Many of the remaining Americans in town ended up getting on welfare too as they had no means to support themselves.
The thing with the libertarian is he's totally in it for himself. He has no loyalty toward this country or its laws. If you read his posts it's easy to see he is predisposed toward hiring foreigners ahead of Americans. Honor, loyalty, integrity and patriotism are foreign concepts to people like this.

Since: Apr 10

Houston, TX

#89 May 20, 2013
"Without immigration reform I will be left jobless and exposed after I graduate."

Go home to the country you are a citizen of. You have a US college degree if you are truly that smart you should be able to rise to the top. Or did you finish at the bottom of your class?

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