Myth Busters Special Edition: The Undocumented

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

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Myths surrounding immigration continue to be found throughout the media and prevent the general public from understanding the reality of the struggles that the undocumented immigrant population faces. This event aims to “bust those myths’ and raise awareness of the barriers that our current legislation poses for our undocumented students, often preventing them from accessing higher education altogether. Many of our students were brought to the United States as children, without the essential documentation they need to be able to claim residency, regardless of how many years they have lived in North Carolina, or whether they have attended school in North Carolina, some even since elementary school. These students are forced to pay out of state tuition, a fact which keeps the possibility of attending college well out of reach.

But you may ask why do they or their parents come without this documentation in the first place? You may have also heard that there was legislation passed that fixed this problem, and so why are we still talking about it? You may wonder, isn't there some way for them to go through a process of changing this for themselves? Then you may also just think, so what does this have to do with me, why should I care?

Please come join us Tuesday, April 8th, at 11 a.m., to hear about these issues from a historic and personal context at our DCCC campus event. We will hear personal stories from current and former students struggling to continue their education even with this reality. Guest speakers include Moises Serrano, DCCC alumni Fredd Reyes and Ricsy Sanchez, and some of our current students.