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Minnesota’s ‘Dream Act’ law makes college possible for immigrant students

Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, August 20, 2013 – Alex Gonzalez has long known that he wants to finish his college career at the University of Minnesota. But despite living in the Twin Cities area since he was 6 years old, he didn’t expect to pay the U’s in-state price. That’s because Gonzalez, now 18, was born […]

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DREAM Act passes Senate

Alexi Gusso and Alma Pronove, Minnesota Daily, May 2, 2013 – The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow undocumented Minnesota students to pay in-state tuition and receive financial aid at colleges and universities in the state. The Minnesota Prosperity, or DREAM, Act cleared the Senate 41-23, with four Republicans supporting it and one […]

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Educators see firsthand why Minnesota should pass a state Dream Act

Lee-Ann Stephens, MinnPost Community Voices, April 20, 2013 – Throughout my life, I’ve been guided by a particular quotation from the novelist Paulo Coelho, who wrote of the imperative to recognize the need to act when life “sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change.” While I have long been familiar with […]

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At Debate, Obama, Romney Link Education to Economy

Michele McNeil, Education Week, October 16, 2012 – During their second duel of this campaign, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday night framed the issue of education as an economic one. The first question at the town-hall style debate at Hofstra University, in Hempstead N.Y., came from a college student who asked […]

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Immigration case highlights need for reform

Star Tribune Editorial, April 24, 2012 – IMMIGRATION REFORM “Illegal immigrants who have roots in our country, and want to stay, should have to pay a meaningful penalty, pay their taxes, learn English, and work in a job for a number of years. People who meet these conditions should be able to apply for citizenship.” […]

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Immigration policy is depriving worthy learners

Justin Tiarks, Commentary, Star Tribune, March 19, 2012 – They turn to us, and we turn them away. He was just starting to appreciate figures of speech. This was advanced for an 11-year-old who had been speaking English only since first grade. Each time he heard a clever metaphor, he would smile and let loose […]

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Educating Minnesota’s immigrant students

Mary Turck , TC Daily Planet, March 6, 2009 – “Immigrant students have been at the center of a political firestorm,” says the Citizens League report Educating Minnesota’s Immigrant Students. At a panel presentation of the report on February 27, study committee member Matt Musel said that they found “little data, but lots of politics […]

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