Please note: Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11 am, students from Faribault and
Minneapolis will present 'Diplomas of Leadership' to the bill's supporters
in Senate and the House. This is a change from the formal press conference
we had planned, which has been postponed. We will contact you again when
the press conference has been rescheduled.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mariano
26 January 2005
Access to Higher Education for All Students:
Immigrant students DREAM for Minnesota
Today, high school students and recent graduates will present �Diplomas of
Leadership� to State Legislators who support a bill to remove barriers some
immigrant students face in obtaining a college education. The presentation
will take place in the State Office Building Press Room at 11:00 am.
The in-state tuition bill, sometimes known as the Dream Act, would extend
in-state tuition rates to long-term undocumented immigrant students who have
grown up in Minnesota and excelled in our public school system. The bills
are supported by legislators from both sides of the aisle, including
Senators Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) and Bob Kierlan (R-Winona) and
Representatives Ray Cox (R-Northfield) and Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul).
Angela, a high school senior from Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, said:
�Ever since I came from Mexico at 13, school has been hard but I�ve
struggled to succeed. As I prepare to graduate from high school, I find
that I don�t qualify for in-state tuition rates. I can�t afford to go to
college and I fear the struggle was all for nothing. I dream that the
Governor will hear my story and make this law so that students like me don�t
get left behind.� Angela will be meeting with her state legislators to make
her case and ask them to pass this legislation.
Rep. Carlos Mariani, an author of the bill, agreed. �Students like Angela
are exactly the kind of people we want in Minnesota, contributing to our
state�s success while building better lives for themselves. That�s the kind
of work ethic we honor here in America. It helps no one to keep these
smart, talented students from realizing their full potential. Now that the
State Legislature has the chance to fix this problem, it should act without
delay,� said Rep. Mariani.
Press event: Wednesday, January 26, 2005, 11:00 am
Location: Press Room, State Office Building, St. Paul, Minnesota
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