YOUTH TRYING TO BETTER LIFE, MIGRANT SAYS
August 2, 2007
Author: Yvonne Wingett, The Arizona Republic Estimated printed pages: 1
Isela Meraz's parents brought her to the U.S. from Mexico when she was 8, like
most undocumented immigrants, hoping to make a better life for their children.
Now 24, Meraz is trying to achieve that better life and earn a degree in fine
Standing in her way, she said, is Proposition 300, which has made college too
expensive and financial help too hard to find. She cut the number of classes she
was going to take at Phoenix College during the fall semester to one from four.
"We're looking for scholarships that don't require Social Security numbers,"
said the west Phoenix student who also works in customer service. "I want to
finish school. It could be so easy. Why is it so hard for some people to
understand that they're limiting the youth from growing?"
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