Undocumented students fighting for financial aid and education equality

NEWARK, NJ – Just hours before their graduation at the Prudential Center in Newark, undocumented students condemned New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s veto on state financial aid for the undocumented.

“Reach for the Stars,” says a sign to graduating students from the Essex County College.

Unfortunately, not all of them can.

Twenty of this year’s graduates are undocumented, but only two of these Dreamers are able to continue their education because of lack of state financial aid.

“We are asking the state and Gov. Christie to pass a law that would allow undocumented students to get access to state financial aid because we desperately need it,” said undocumented graduate Lio Adorno.

Deyanira Aldana said, “It would be able to allow me to afford to go to a four-year university, which unfortunately because of the veto right now I won’t be able to do so.”

A recent study by the New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) shows that undocumented families pump in about $500 million in state and local taxes each year.

Adorno said, “A lot of the opposition says, we are asking for free money, but what we’re saying is that for years we’ve been paying taxes here in New Jersey. We want some of that money back to go to our education.”

A Filipino parent of a new graduate agrees.

Estrella Paradero of Bloomdfield, NJ said, “It should be approved, because we pay taxes and the children are very intelligent.”

“This is just part of a bigger fight nationwide for greater access to education,” said Anakbayan NJ’s Bea Sabino.

Undocumented students say they will not stop fighting for education equality until everyone recognizes that education is a right and not privilege.

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  • noz
    15 May 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    these illegal aliens calling themselves undocumented students. really and truly call it what you want, it does not change the reality, you all are illegal aliens. only in america, where illegal aliens lawlessly living in your neck of the woods are all in the mode of duke it out with their “free money” demands right in your faces. try doing the same in any other countries, see where you all end up to, back to where you all came from. what nervy illegal aliens group this is with their bullcraps, bullshits wanting the income taxes they paid in years refunded, so they all can go to college. what a bunch of offenders with pea brain, that should be laughed at with their moronic street propagandas. these illegal aliens are into victimizing ignorant, ill informed citizens empathy for their causes.

    Case in Point…………

    1) let me duke it out back to all illegal aliens out there. all of you and your employers should be arrested for working illegally, your bosses hiring illegal aliens should have been served hefty fines in thousands. those adamantly proud illegal aliens working / claiming paying taxes are 99.9% have stolen SS numbers, being used for employments.

    2) do you all know illegal aliens? – the states of the union have their own government financed by the tax paying residents of the states. in this case the state of new jersey, just like the other states have budget for fiscal year involved. the budget comes from different taxes be it real state taxes, state income taxes, sales taxes, federal funds, etc to name a few. the funds are to pay for public schools, maintenance of roads, infrastructures, public hospitals, law enforcements, prisons, etc to name a few. illegal aliens are into delusional thinking the state of new jersey or for that matter all of the other states are like citibank, chase, that the taxes they paid are sitting somewhere, and must be returned to illegal aliens, once they all demands for “FREE MONEY”, simply are too laughable. there are illegal aliens imprisoned at the expense of the hard working taxpayers. there are illegal aliens with anchor babies using public money on behalf of their anchor babies, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc ,etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc. when all along the immigration law, one of the many laws of the land is to deport illegal aliens. the only one in power to do so is the fed, that’s the POTUS. right now this POTUS is as lawless as the lawless illegal aliens. the POTUS is working for the lawless illegal aliens, and the POTUS is working against for the good of the nation, and against its citizens well being, spell disasters.

  • Fil Am
    18 May 2015 at 3:35 am - Reply

    We don’t owe illegals nothing. We owe veterans
    And citizens everything

    Why reward them when they broke the
    Law

  • noz
    18 May 2015 at 8:58 am - Reply

    immigration studies report – obobo is working hard for the illegal aliens not to be deported by using resources meant to help applicants of the world for legal entry to the USA. many applicants or beneficiaries are either related to US citizens or permanent residents, who are waiting for decades for their love ones to get their papers process for visa issuance. the process of documents of the beneficiaries under obobo have gotten worst, the waiting period have become uncertain as to when their petitioned love ones will get their visas. this is due to the fact, those federal employees, who should be processing papers of applicants applying the legal ways are now too busy with the illegal aliens illegal, fake papers, under the order of this in contempt POTUS, a natural born con man.

    its about time, the relatives of the beneficiaries being scammed by obobo, to mobilize, and to protest is a must, to get their message across in DC, that they are not going to take it anymore, being trampled by obobo’s power of delaying the documents of those applying legally. this is indeed rotten / disgusting for this wicked, whacko POTUS getting away with all of his atrocious illegal deeds at the expense of those who follows the rule of laws. i cannot wait for this inbred bad POTUS to hit the road and disappear to nowhere.

  • noz
    18 May 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

    the illegal aliens are unafraid to protest their lawlessness. they all out there in full force, too proud of their being outlaws of the USA. the citizens and legal residents as protesters will neutralize these illegal aliens with grandeur feelings of empowerment. its a must, to get into the faces of the illegal aliens return to where they all need to crawl back, where they all used to hide, deflecting deportations. the people of the USA must demand these illegal aliens ought to be deported. they are like leeches, pest of the land, and what do you all do with pests, you all get rid of the pests, obobo included by default.

  • jose
    9 June 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

    The undocumented immigrants contribute and pay taxes, billions of dollars each year. It is your rights to demand for financial aid and education equality. Karapatan nyo, ipaglaban nyo. Mabuhay kayo! Mamatay si Noz at si Delia!

    • noz
      27 June 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      YOU WILL KILL YOURSELF, OR BEG TO BE KILLED CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN FOR ALL OF YOUR UNLAWFUL ACTS LIVING IN THE USA. THE ICE RADAR WILL EVENTUALLY BE ONE STEP AHEAD OF ALL YOUR CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. TO SAVE THE TAXPAYERS DOUGH, YOU ARE GOING TO BE SQUAT BACK TO YOUR ROTTEN DEEPEST PIT-HOLE. C O M P R E N D E ASSHAT????????????…………

      • Arbi
        28 June 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

        Noz, GO FUCK YOURSELF!

        • noz
          17 September 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

          L O S E R, EXPECTED RESPONSE FROM CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEVES LIKE YOU MORON. GO RUN WHILE YOU CAN, BEFORE YOU GET SHOVE OFF AS WILD ANIMALS NEED TO BE MANHANDLED. STOP YOUR HOLLERING, DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND TO STFU?.

  • Elise
    1 July 2015 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    And we “professionals and skilled workers” that worked so hard to get documented still couldn’t get pass the insanely messed up immigration process. Yeah that’s unfair

  • Generoso Magaoay
    17 October 2015 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Well,well,well…we are wasting our time putting up with some sort of 8th grader argument with Arbi..? Just wondering if Arbi was dropped when she was born…or maybe her nanny failed to babysit her properly that she picked up some paint chips and ate it? Just maybe, she’s been watching too much of that Kris Aquino show thinking she could have her own show one day…Just wondering on the lack of expression on her part…i know now…she grew up in Polk Street, San Francisco?

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