Friday, June 4, 2010

Dream Student Achieves American Dream!

Viewers, one of my readers referenced the following article written by columnist Frank Mickadeit from the OC Register. I thought it was a very timely article, particularly in light of the fact that several Dream students are currently staging a Hungry Strike in front of several Congressmens' offices in support of passing the Dream Act:
You couldn't better illustrate the deep rift in Orange County over immigration than by looking at what happened on opposite ends of the county
Late Tuesday night, the Yorba 'Zona (Yorba Linda) City Council did what councils in Villa Park failed to do and Costa Mesa couldn't quite bring itself to do: 1) endorse Arizona's immigration law. 2)Less than 24 hours later, in Newport Beach,
I watched a college-bound student being honored for outstanding scholarship stand before 350 people and, to great applause, proudly declare his Mexican birth and undocumented U.S. status. The latter occurred at billionaire Henry Nicholas 's estate, on a sprawling patio overlooking the Pacific. The occasion was the celebration of the young men and women from Santa Ana and Valley high schools who graduated from the Nicholas Academic Centers affiliated with those campuses. Nicholas has supported the after-school tutoring program the last three years, but it has its roots in the work of retired Judge Jack Mandel, who began tutoring students in 1970.

Mandel's very first tutee was a surprise speaker. Raul Tapia went on to become Cal State Fullerton's top grad and then to Harvard Law and a big-time practice. I thought the old judge was going to cry when his confident and impeccably dressed protégé strode to the stage. Each of the 66 2010 N.A.C. grads is headed to a college in one of 10 states or the District of Columbia (though none to an Arizona college). This year's N.A.C. class is up from 24 in 2009, the expansion due to the addition of the center at Valley High. Altogether, they won $1 million in scholarships.
Back to our undocumented scholar. "I knew being an undocumented student was going to be an obstacle," he told the audience in nervous but unaccented English. "I knew that lots of undocumented students (get) into great colleges and couldn't pay for it." That would not be a problem for our guy, as it turned out, because he earned a privately funded scholarship that will pay for all four years at a highly ranked university. He noted that another undocumented kid won the same scholarship the year before, both of them overcoming the sponsor's reluctance to award it to someone not here legally. He said he told her, "Ma'am, I'm pretty sure your investment will (pay off)." What struck me was the utterly tenuous, fragile nature of this young man's presence. As I remarked to a retired judge (not Mandel) standing next to me: One moment this kid is at a billionaire's mansion, reveling in his and his classmates' moment of glory and on his way to a great university, and just like that, (snapping my fingers), he could be picked up and hauled back to Mexico. And were this Arizona (or maybe even Yorba Linda), he probably would be, the instant he declared his status.
The retired judge suggested I reveal the kid's name and accomplishments but not his immigration status. "That's not the story here," he said, "although it is a good story." But I decided to reveal the scholar's accomplishments and his status but not his name. To me, his status is a necessary part of this ongoing story.


Vicente Duque said...

Youth is the Greatest Treasure !
Viva la Dream Act !
Those that want to deport Youngsters are Cretins that want the Economic Sinking of America.


Hundreds of Angry Idiotic Racists in Arizona because a Mural in a School painted by a White Artist depicted a "colored" Child : Brown, Black or whatever

Racial epithets, slurs and insults against the Artist, the Mural, and the School.

People were actually driving by the school, which is majority latino/black, screaming racist epithets at the mural, with children there.

This Racism is super Idiotic and Absurd and a Great Disrespect for the Artist.

The Fine Artist is a Perfectly 100% White Anglo Person. He just wanted to paint a mural of Love and Understanding.

And Lots of Idiotic Angry Racists protesting against ART.

Just the face of someone that is not perfectly "Aryan" ( a stupid myth ) drives them mad,

The artist had no political or racist intentions in painting the Mural - He is just a fine White Gentleman.

Unfortunately many people are not like him.

Racism appears even in our soup and our coffee mug.

In : I had to delete the comments of a Racist Guy here blaming Latinos for all Crimes and Delinquency - I wrote a Note to the Big Fool

Racists are losers and their racism drives them mad to become poorer and poorer in money and mind. Failed lives, bitterness, dysfunctional families, etc ...

Vicente Duque

Vicente Duque said...

Dee :

This post made with a lot of Love is about Schools, Children, Integration, Love and Peace.

And also about Dreams ! -- Artistic Dreams - The Mural is beautiful :


Videos : of angry racist people in Prescott Arizona, because of a Mural depicting a "colored" child, black or brown, Artist is White and Blond

Artist says in video that the Child is "Black" - Mural was chosen by kids and teachers.

First Video :

frostedhead — June 05, 2010 — An Arizona council member was fired from his radio show Friday night for calling a school mural "pathetic" and saying he does not understand why there is "a black guy" painted on the building.

Arizona mural controversy after artist asked to 'lighten' skin

Second Video :

0Mindless0 — June 05, 2010 — You read it right! Prescott, Arizona is making the artists who did a commissioned mural make the children in it appear white due to racial slurs being shouted at it. Douchebags of the decade, perhaps?

Arizona mural showing minority children to be whitewashed!

Look for the videos in or watch them directly - Here :

Vicente Duque

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