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Karla M. Fernandez   INDIANAPOLIS, IN
My name is Karla and I am a senior at Ben Davis High School. I am also currently the 2014 Senior Class President and in the top 5% of the class. I am an extremely involved individual and any chance that I get to help in my community, I do so. This June I will be graduating with my Academic Honors Diploma and I want to further my education and attend Ball State University in Muncie Indiana. I want to double major in telecommunications and international business administration with a minor in Spanish. Here is my story; I came to the United States at the age of 3, undocumented. I was raised in Indianapolis IN and I grew up learning English and Spanish. Indy is all I have ever known, and I'm so blessed to have grown up in this country. Each morning for 13 years at school, I have pledged to the only flag I have really known and called my own, the red, white and blue. Thanks to a new policy just two years ago at the age of 17 I was able to obtain my work permit; I'm what the government calls a DREAMER and currently have deferred action. I have been able to obtain a temporary license and social security along with working in the country legally. It has been such a difficult experience, not being able to do the things my friends can, and there has always been a barrier in anything I do. Here is the biggest one yet; I have been accepted into Ball State University with an out-of-state tuition. This would mean that I will have to pay $33,000 a year instead of $17,000. I have been in Indiana for 15 years and they are giving me out-of-state tuition because of HB 1402 which does not allow a student without residency an in-state tuition in any college/university here in Indiana. This law was implemented in 2011 and on top of that, I can not apply to any federal financial aid because once again I'm not a resident or citizen. The only scholarships that I can obtain are community-based scholarships that are usually worth $500-$1,000. I want to go to college; I want to go to Ball State and get the education I need in order to be successful. Please see this as an investment, invest in my education because I know that one day I'll be able to do great things with people not only in my community but nationwide. I have always been put in tough situations and I have tried not to say "why me", instead I say "try me". I know I will succeed but I need all the help I can get to accomplish this dream. I have the grades, a 4.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale. I have the leadership; Senior Class President of 4,000 individuals. And now all I need is the financial support. Anything helps, thank you so much for reading this and please help me out in anything you possibly can.

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Update 12
6 months ago
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I am once again part of an amazing organization and would love any support, or share of my page! I will be participating in Ball State Dance Marathon and can't wait to send pictures out! Help me reach my goal! Please click on the link.
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Update 11
9 months ago
I am having such an amazing semester! Both academically and extracurricularly. I am now a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, and I am surrounded with so many incredible leaders. I was nominated to be the Parent Relations Chair for our Kappa Kappa Chapter. I have also joined Ball State University Marathon and will be fundraising for this amazing cause. Below is the link for the personal page on my raising efforts.

http://donate.rileykids.org/site/TR/Events/General?px=1386736&pg=personal&fr_id=2320

I have officially signed up for my Spring Semester classes and I'm so excited for my schedule. The following are the courses I am going to be taking; Economics 202, Business Law 260, Math 132, Management 300, Marketing 300, and I am currently on the waitlist for Spanish 335. I have decided to take on my triple major with Spanish, instead of just minoring in it this year. I believe I can definitely accomplish this goal.

I will keep you updated on everything I do, and will soon start a website to share with you all my college experiences with blogs, pictures, and videos! Thank you so much for your continued support!
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Update 10
12 months ago
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Hello! Classes start tomorrow, and I couldn't be more excited to start my Sophomore year at Ball State. I am so blessed for the continued support. During the summer I worked 3 different jobs and will continue to work during the academic year, two part time jobs. I am taking 18 credit hours this semester and will keep you all updated. If it weren't for you all, I wouldn't be blessed with this opportunity.
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Update 9
16 months ago
This week is that last one for my first year at Ball State. I've had ups and downs, but in the end accomplished much more than I would have ever imagined and it is all thanks to you! Thank you so much for the support and I'm very excited to continue this journey for this upcoming fall semester. I will be double majoring in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship with a minor in Spanish and have been officially enrolled in the Miller College School of Business Program here at Ball State! Thank you all once again and I will keep you updated.
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Dianna Brown
28 months ago
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I wish you the best of luck! However... consider a cheaper school. With the double major you are looking at, you can get a good education many other places that cost a lost less. Telecommunications - that's my field... you can get that education at many state schools. International business, very common. The school you go to does NOT dictate how successful you are. I can't afford to send my own kids to Ball State and both of them are top of their class, with credentials just like yours. Looks like you are getting some funding. If you don't get enough for Ball State, find a cheaper school! Best of luck to you dear!

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Jessica VanMatre
20 months ago

Hi everyone I'm Jessica and I read karla's story and I'm going through the same thing with the work permit at least I'm not the only one if you guys would to see my fund please do so at( My college Dream) ,Portland Indiana anything would help I pray everyone goes well karla good luck with your future.

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Hess James
23 months ago

JD how did you do it I have been using FundMe and haven't got nothing,am I doing something wrong

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Fey Garza
24 months ago

You are a great example to follow! All those ignorant racist people on here are a demonstration that they are afraid to see the minorities succeed. It was never your fault that you were brought here at a young age like many of us. However you gave an amazing example to even those who were born here with your academic accomplishment. Don't ever give up because God will continue to bless you and help you out. And I agree this country was made up of immigrants there is a difference between ILLEGAL immigrants and immigrants unfortunately we weren't the first to come. Although we are trying to better the place. And to those saying that your family had 15 years to sort it out are wrong he is talking about ignorance when that comment is ignorant itself. If it was that easy to sort it out why would you or any others be here struggling right now? You are an inspiration and have faith because God is on your side!!

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Bill West
25 months ago

Pardon my skepticism, but I remember some laws down through our history. When my Yoruba ancestors were brought to this country against their will from west Africa, it was all perfectly legal. When they were sold into slavery upon their arrival in Virginia, it was legal. When they were drug across the Appalachian mountains to Hardin County, Kentucky, again against their will, it was legal. When some of them escaped from a plantation in Hardin County, Kentucky, it was illegal, but when they made their way to Indiana, they were legally free—until they were not, when the law took a sudden, capricious turn (Fugitive Slave Act of 1850), then they had to go on to Canada. The people who assisted them in their trek north on the Underground Railroad were committing illegal acts. When other of my relatives in Tennessee tried to register to vote as recently as 1963, they broke several laws and risked life and limb to boot, thanks to those law-abiding local Klan members (one of which was the local Sheriff, sworn to uphold the “law”). While we are on the subject of "illegal", I was surrounded by "illegals" (lawbreakers) on I-465 this morning obliterating the posted legal speed limit, including me. It seems alot of us are all sanctimonious about "the law"--until it's one we don't feel like abiding by, and traffic ain't the only one, so spare me all this weeping and wailing about Karla being "illegal". I have learned that everything that's right is not always legal, and everything that's legal is not always right. Ultimately, though, right usually wins out eventually. As for contributing to Karla's education, I'll contribute to whomever I please, and I really don't care what you haters think. Save your typing fingers if you are under some delusion that you are going to change my behavior or opinion. Since some of you are so worked up about this, this'll really irrittate you. Karla's not the first DACA student I have contributed to, and she won't be the last. As a matter of fact, y'all got me so worked up, I think I'm gonna give her another $250 right now!

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Emanuel Moyano
25 months ago

All these negative comments truly make me sick. Don't listen to them, you're awesome Karla. I came across this while looking for a solution to my own situation, which is very much like yours. I wish I could give you all the money you need but know you have support everywhere!

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Helenk Rubin
25 months ago

Karla, you are truly an inspiration. The way you present yourself, the way you reach out to the community that you've helped by doing numerous activities, and especially, by pushing yourself forward regardless of the barriers and the comments. I don't personally know you, but by reading your story and hearing your speech, I would like to thank you for being someone that realizes her dream and does nothing to stop her. Call it Girl power, Hispanic Power, your kind heart and intelligence is what will help you achieve your dreams. Keep on!

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Brandon Vinyard
27 months ago

Or you can go out and get a job and work for it like the rest of the LEGAL high school kids are having to do! Stop asking for handouts. And all of you on here saying "this country was founded by illegal aliens" They cannot be illegal if they were not breaking any law. Before they came here the land was inhabited by different indian tribes who all had their own set of rules. There was no established gov't. the land was savage. So calling our ancestors Illegal aliens shows your ignorance. If you aren't breaking the law it is not illegal. Your family has had 15 years to get this sorted out. Sorry you are in such a tight spot but don't be a leech.

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Charlotte Austin Goodell
27 months ago

I am truly sorry but you are not a LEGAL citizen. If you want to go to school here then apply for citizenship. I do not understand why you have not been deported yet.

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Dana Whitten
27 months ago

Oh sweetie I know we have freedom of speech etc but with that you have the freedom to delete and our not read. I guess these ignorant comments help prove the point though. It sounds like these people want you to confront your parents publicly and, get married quickly sounds like a good Jerry Springer episode waiting to happen. Keep up the good fight. These other fruit cakes can go ask an American Indian -Naive American. Who built America.

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Jazzy Robertson
27 months ago

And this country was built by illegal aliens. What are European people? Are they from america?

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Jazzy Robertson
27 months ago

You can't just apply for residency and BAM US Citizen. Cmon. What's up with all this spitefulness. Yeah there are people that are legally here that want to go to college and don't have the chance but how is that unfair to them karla is raising funds? They don't know the same people. They can stop being lazy and raise funds. It doesn't hurt to ask people for money? Its not like she's using it for something that won't even help her .

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Mada Joseph
27 months ago

I did not get my college paid for and I am legal. So, life is not fair work for what you want not beg others....

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Estela Cde Jdu
27 months ago

This country wasn't built by illegal aliens, it was built by many, illegal aliens such as you karla do not have a lock on need, and that illegal aliens built this country that is garbage, if karla is so into being a citizen 1st of her home country then ask your homeland government to help you, I come from mexico and the reason your getting the hate mail is that you as a illegal alien shouldn't run from your homeland and then come here and demand benefits, what if all whote and black people went to mexico and did what your doing here? they are thrown out, if you want to march for ur rights, then why not march in mexico? And not all illegal aliens are farm workers not even karla, so to david brunsting and susan powell, the jobs americans do want are indeed the better aying ones, but before the whites and blacks did do other labor jobs such as farming, in fact 95 percent jobs illegal aliens take are in fact jobs americans want,in san diego there is a 3 hour wait to eneter the USA for jobs americans want but are cut out, in mexico the government is given a pass from people like karla, there is no sympathy karla for illegal aliens since if you can demand so much here in the USA then you can demand the same in mexico if you do not like it here paisanna, then protest in mexico

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Vivian Greene
28 months ago

Just read the comments and this wonderful story. Crowdfunding is the best thing to happen in years for us to regain some love, ethics, and progress.

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Jedidiah Bird
28 months ago

While I agree with James Ross on two counts (You don't need to go to college to be successful, and you are a very pretty girl) I do not think that someone who is intelligent and talented should ever have to marry just to have opportunities. There are enough worthless people in this country that I would gladly throw out if we could have a merit-based citizenship!

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James Ross
28 months ago

You dont have to go to college to be successful. Reading is all you need. Start a business and partner with a legal citizen. You are a pretty girl. Marry a citizen. Read the " magic of thinking big." You can do it!

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Olivia Grace
28 months ago

As a Ball State alumnus I chose Ball State for the same reasons you did...for its size and because it had a good program for my major (social work). You absolutely deserve to make your mark, on campus and after graduation. Ball State would be very lucky to have a student like you! Not many BSU students have your excellent credentials. I will definitely be sharing your story and I wish you the best of luck! If you need more information about resources to help, let me know and I can do some digging for you. Never let anyone diminish your dreams, especially the dream of helping others and making a difference in the world.

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Susan Powell
28 months ago

Karla, please do not take any of the hateful comments to heart. People are quick to forget that this country was built by illegal immigrants; the Native Americans never gave us permission to immigrate here. I would love to help you pay for college, but being a poor college student myself I cannot. However, I am graduating this year and believe I will be financially successful and would like to help you in the future. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help, besides paying tuition.

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David Brunsting
28 months ago

To all of the hateful people on here, first of all go look at what it takes to become a citizen of the US. Pretty much now if you cannot show you have a talent to bring to the US you cannot become a citizen. There is pretty much no way for someone who crossed the border illegally to become a citizen. As far as being in trouble financially because of illegal immigrants you should see how we would be if they all were gone. Most Mexicans work hard and take jobs that lazy Americans do not want. The American Farmworkers Union made a website http://www.takeourjobs.org/ where legal citizens could apply for the millions of jobs that undocumented workers now fill. When it first started about 1000 applied. They interviewed one white woman on TV picking fruit in Georgia and she said she would not be doing it much longer because she cannot work that hard. Get over your racist views and help this amazing girl. I personally have a ex student in the same situation and it makes me sick.

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$18,388 of $25k goal

Raised by 204 people in 28 months
Created April 12, 2014
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Sue Errington
12 months ago

Karla, I'm so proud of you! I hope we run into each other this semester.

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Dianna Brown
28 months ago
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I wish you the best of luck! However... consider a cheaper school. With the double major you are looking at, you can get a good education many other places that cost a lost less. Telecommunications - that's my field... you can get that education at many state schools. International business, very common. The school you go to does NOT dictate how successful you are. I can't afford to send my own kids to Ball State and both of them are top of their class, with credentials just like yours. Looks like you are getting some funding. If you don't get enough for Ball State, find a cheaper school! Best of luck to you dear!

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Jessica VanMatre
20 months ago

Hi everyone I'm Jessica and I read karla's story and I'm going through the same thing with the work permit at least I'm not the only one if you guys would to see my fund please do so at( My college Dream) ,Portland Indiana anything would help I pray everyone goes well karla good luck with your future.

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Hess James
23 months ago

JD how did you do it I have been using FundMe and haven't got nothing,am I doing something wrong

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Fey Garza
24 months ago

You are a great example to follow! All those ignorant racist people on here are a demonstration that they are afraid to see the minorities succeed. It was never your fault that you were brought here at a young age like many of us. However you gave an amazing example to even those who were born here with your academic accomplishment. Don't ever give up because God will continue to bless you and help you out. And I agree this country was made up of immigrants there is a difference between ILLEGAL immigrants and immigrants unfortunately we weren't the first to come. Although we are trying to better the place. And to those saying that your family had 15 years to sort it out are wrong he is talking about ignorance when that comment is ignorant itself. If it was that easy to sort it out why would you or any others be here struggling right now? You are an inspiration and have faith because God is on your side!!

+ Read More
Bill West
25 months ago

Pardon my skepticism, but I remember some laws down through our history. When my Yoruba ancestors were brought to this country against their will from west Africa, it was all perfectly legal. When they were sold into slavery upon their arrival in Virginia, it was legal. When they were drug across the Appalachian mountains to Hardin County, Kentucky, again against their will, it was legal. When some of them escaped from a plantation in Hardin County, Kentucky, it was illegal, but when they made their way to Indiana, they were legally free—until they were not, when the law took a sudden, capricious turn (Fugitive Slave Act of 1850), then they had to go on to Canada. The people who assisted them in their trek north on the Underground Railroad were committing illegal acts. When other of my relatives in Tennessee tried to register to vote as recently as 1963, they broke several laws and risked life and limb to boot, thanks to those law-abiding local Klan members (one of which was the local Sheriff, sworn to uphold the “law”). While we are on the subject of "illegal", I was surrounded by "illegals" (lawbreakers) on I-465 this morning obliterating the posted legal speed limit, including me. It seems alot of us are all sanctimonious about "the law"--until it's one we don't feel like abiding by, and traffic ain't the only one, so spare me all this weeping and wailing about Karla being "illegal". I have learned that everything that's right is not always legal, and everything that's legal is not always right. Ultimately, though, right usually wins out eventually. As for contributing to Karla's education, I'll contribute to whomever I please, and I really don't care what you haters think. Save your typing fingers if you are under some delusion that you are going to change my behavior or opinion. Since some of you are so worked up about this, this'll really irrittate you. Karla's not the first DACA student I have contributed to, and she won't be the last. As a matter of fact, y'all got me so worked up, I think I'm gonna give her another $250 right now!

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Emanuel Moyano
25 months ago

All these negative comments truly make me sick. Don't listen to them, you're awesome Karla. I came across this while looking for a solution to my own situation, which is very much like yours. I wish I could give you all the money you need but know you have support everywhere!

+ Read More
Helenk Rubin
25 months ago

Karla, you are truly an inspiration. The way you present yourself, the way you reach out to the community that you've helped by doing numerous activities, and especially, by pushing yourself forward regardless of the barriers and the comments. I don't personally know you, but by reading your story and hearing your speech, I would like to thank you for being someone that realizes her dream and does nothing to stop her. Call it Girl power, Hispanic Power, your kind heart and intelligence is what will help you achieve your dreams. Keep on!

+ Read More
Brandon Vinyard
27 months ago

Or you can go out and get a job and work for it like the rest of the LEGAL high school kids are having to do! Stop asking for handouts. And all of you on here saying "this country was founded by illegal aliens" They cannot be illegal if they were not breaking any law. Before they came here the land was inhabited by different indian tribes who all had their own set of rules. There was no established gov't. the land was savage. So calling our ancestors Illegal aliens shows your ignorance. If you aren't breaking the law it is not illegal. Your family has had 15 years to get this sorted out. Sorry you are in such a tight spot but don't be a leech.

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Charlotte Austin Goodell
27 months ago

I am truly sorry but you are not a LEGAL citizen. If you want to go to school here then apply for citizenship. I do not understand why you have not been deported yet.

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Dana Whitten
27 months ago

Oh sweetie I know we have freedom of speech etc but with that you have the freedom to delete and our not read. I guess these ignorant comments help prove the point though. It sounds like these people want you to confront your parents publicly and, get married quickly sounds like a good Jerry Springer episode waiting to happen. Keep up the good fight. These other fruit cakes can go ask an American Indian -Naive American. Who built America.

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Jazzy Robertson
27 months ago

And this country was built by illegal aliens. What are European people? Are they from america?

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Jazzy Robertson
27 months ago

You can't just apply for residency and BAM US Citizen. Cmon. What's up with all this spitefulness. Yeah there are people that are legally here that want to go to college and don't have the chance but how is that unfair to them karla is raising funds? They don't know the same people. They can stop being lazy and raise funds. It doesn't hurt to ask people for money? Its not like she's using it for something that won't even help her .

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Mada Joseph
27 months ago

I did not get my college paid for and I am legal. So, life is not fair work for what you want not beg others....

+ Read More
Estela Cde Jdu
27 months ago

This country wasn't built by illegal aliens, it was built by many, illegal aliens such as you karla do not have a lock on need, and that illegal aliens built this country that is garbage, if karla is so into being a citizen 1st of her home country then ask your homeland government to help you, I come from mexico and the reason your getting the hate mail is that you as a illegal alien shouldn't run from your homeland and then come here and demand benefits, what if all whote and black people went to mexico and did what your doing here? they are thrown out, if you want to march for ur rights, then why not march in mexico? And not all illegal aliens are farm workers not even karla, so to david brunsting and susan powell, the jobs americans do want are indeed the better aying ones, but before the whites and blacks did do other labor jobs such as farming, in fact 95 percent jobs illegal aliens take are in fact jobs americans want,in san diego there is a 3 hour wait to eneter the USA for jobs americans want but are cut out, in mexico the government is given a pass from people like karla, there is no sympathy karla for illegal aliens since if you can demand so much here in the USA then you can demand the same in mexico if you do not like it here paisanna, then protest in mexico

+ Read More
Vivian Greene
28 months ago

Just read the comments and this wonderful story. Crowdfunding is the best thing to happen in years for us to regain some love, ethics, and progress.

+ Read More
Jedidiah Bird
28 months ago

While I agree with James Ross on two counts (You don't need to go to college to be successful, and you are a very pretty girl) I do not think that someone who is intelligent and talented should ever have to marry just to have opportunities. There are enough worthless people in this country that I would gladly throw out if we could have a merit-based citizenship!

+ Read More
James Ross
28 months ago

You dont have to go to college to be successful. Reading is all you need. Start a business and partner with a legal citizen. You are a pretty girl. Marry a citizen. Read the " magic of thinking big." You can do it!

+ Read More
Olivia Grace
28 months ago

As a Ball State alumnus I chose Ball State for the same reasons you did...for its size and because it had a good program for my major (social work). You absolutely deserve to make your mark, on campus and after graduation. Ball State would be very lucky to have a student like you! Not many BSU students have your excellent credentials. I will definitely be sharing your story and I wish you the best of luck! If you need more information about resources to help, let me know and I can do some digging for you. Never let anyone diminish your dreams, especially the dream of helping others and making a difference in the world.

+ Read More
Susan Powell
28 months ago

Karla, please do not take any of the hateful comments to heart. People are quick to forget that this country was built by illegal immigrants; the Native Americans never gave us permission to immigrate here. I would love to help you pay for college, but being a poor college student myself I cannot. However, I am graduating this year and believe I will be financially successful and would like to help you in the future. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help, besides paying tuition.

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David Brunsting
28 months ago

To all of the hateful people on here, first of all go look at what it takes to become a citizen of the US. Pretty much now if you cannot show you have a talent to bring to the US you cannot become a citizen. There is pretty much no way for someone who crossed the border illegally to become a citizen. As far as being in trouble financially because of illegal immigrants you should see how we would be if they all were gone. Most Mexicans work hard and take jobs that lazy Americans do not want. The American Farmworkers Union made a website http://www.takeourjobs.org/ where legal citizens could apply for the millions of jobs that undocumented workers now fill. When it first started about 1000 applied. They interviewed one white woman on TV picking fruit in Georgia and she said she would not be doing it much longer because she cannot work that hard. Get over your racist views and help this amazing girl. I personally have a ex student in the same situation and it makes me sick.

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