Undocumented student publishes how-to guide for peers on finding jobs after college
Iliana Guadalupe Perez wrote "Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students" to offer tips, advice and hope to other immigrant students "living in the shadows."
April 6th, 2012
07:07 AM ET

Undocumented student publishes how-to guide for peers on finding jobs after college

by Jaqueline Hurtado and Michael Martinez, CNN

(CNN) A California doctoral student who's an undocumented immigrant has published a free how-to guide on the Internet instructing similar immigrants on finding employment after college and maintaining good health "living in the shadows."

The inspiration for the book came from her family, she said.

"My father has always told me look for solutions instead of the problems," says Iliana Guadalupe Perez, an immigrant since the age of 8 when her parents brought her to the United States from Mexico.

"I always try to find the solution to the problem, if this door closed, what can I do so it opens to me?"

Perez's immigration status has been her biggest problem: she is part of the millions of undocumented students around the country. But she is also a college graduate, and yet her legal status still stands in the way of her job prospects. It's to the point where she wonders if doors won't open, could there be a window?

Perez graduated from California State University, Fresno, in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in science and mathematics and a minor in economics. Even after she had a diploma in her hand, she heard the whispers that her legal status would still prevent her from pursuing a career.

Questions about why her parents would bring her to an unfamiliar place – illegally – stuck with her. Seeing the many opportunities afforded to legal residents, Perez says she knew she couldn't give up on her future.

"I was optimistic," she says, "I knew I could find a job because I have an education and a degree."

That feeling of frustration motivated Perez, now a first-year education doctorate student at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, to publish a 73-page guide called "Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students."

"This guide is not only for undocumented students but for all students," Perez said. "This guide gives them options and it's not a guide intended to do something illegal in the system.

"Everything in the guide is legal. The options I give exist out there," she said.

The guide focuses on different topics from how to open up your own business legally, pay for postgraduate studies, obtain a job abroad, stay motivated and work in the United States legally as an independent contractor, among other topics. The document offers tips for undocumented students who have faced the same challenges Perez has but who are also living in the shadow of illegal immigration. Perez said she wanted to give students hope and let them know success is achievable.

"The idea of the guide was based on my own personal experiences after graduating from the university and then trying to get into a master's or doctorate program," she says, "it was difficult, so I decided to take an internship to help me."

She interned for the "Educators for Fair Consideration," a non-profit organization that was established in 2006 in San Francisco and focuses on helping low-income, minority youth and undocumented students continue to higher education.

"The mission of our organization is help and support undocumented students," said Jose Arreola, outreach manager for the group. "We offer scholarships, legal services and educational guides because of the lack of information and resources that is not available out there to help these students."

Arreola said Perez's guide is necessary to help undocumented students.

The free, online document is "a guide to give solutions because many of these students were asking us what are we going to do after we graduate?  They don't know the many options out there," Arreola said.

Educators for Fair Consideration sponsored Perez's guide and put her in contact with experts, resources and students who are undocumented. "Life After College" contains tips, information and resources to help undocumented students navigate life after graduation.

"Life After College" contains tips, information and resources to help undocumented students navigate life after graduation.

Said Perez: "It may seem undocumented students have limited options upon graduating from college. That's not true. This guide gives students options and hope."

She said the guide can't guarantee a job, but she hopes that it will benefit graduates and expose them to opportunities.


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    • Tell the truth

      All my life my brother nor I ever qualified for assistance because our parents made too much. Now I am a college student who has taken out 2 loans in order to pay for my education. Not only do I have these loans to worry about but also have rent, utility bills, car payments, etc. How is it that this girl has everything given to her at the palm of her hands when U.S. citizens have to struggle to pay for their college education. It just doesn't seem right to me. If she's obtaining her phd where did she get her masters? As far as I know you must obtain a masters in order to get a phd. This just doesn't sound right to me. When you think about it, we as U.S, citizens are paying for her eduction with our taxes. I would rather save that money for my children then waste it on an illegal immigrant who will not be able to use her degree while being in the united state. Let's think about it people, there are smart cizitens around us who should be recognized themselves for their hard work. This girls story just doesn't make sense to me. I believe she is hiding something from us. She may seen like a sweet innocent girl but I believe she has another side to her, a side that doesn't come out around family or school. Speak up young lady and stop fouling everyone. There Are other issues more important in the world

      April 12, 2012 at 12:25 am |
      • SAD ATTEMPT AT CHARACTER ASSASSINATION

        Your comments are absurd, to say the least. The message between the lines is: You are upset because an immigrant has achieved more than you have and you are trying to speculate about the "evil secret" she must be hiding (because there is not way her hard work has helped her accomplish more than you have). Your comments are absurd. Go post them somewhere where people don't have the ability to use critical thinking, somewhere where racial bias is accepted (the Tea Party blog, the Minuteman Project, etc.). You are not fooling me with your sad attempt at character assssination and fearmongering.

        April 12, 2012 at 9:00 am |
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        April 12, 2012 at 9:09 am |
      • Liz

        FYI you do not need a Masters in order to pursue a Ph.D (apparently you didn't quite earn that college degree either). Additionally Ph.D programs are funded for all candidates, not just "those darn immigrants". My question to you (purely rhetorical of course) would be, who then deserves financial aid/support for their education? Is it those who work hard–you know that great American ideal that we get where we are in life because of MERIT–or do we attribute other factors to whether or not we are deserving? I would be interested to know if you'd think she was deserving if she was a black student...or is that just that damn affirmative action helping all the undeserving blacks take "your" spot?

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    April 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • Jefferson, let's be moderate.

      With all due respect, Mr. Darcy. Although I commend you on your activism and desire to enforce the law not by making illegal immigrants scapegoats, but by going after the employers who also break the law and profit immensely from the use of illegal labor (at least that's what the media is reporting in my state lately), I can not support a stance wthat "forces illegal immigrants to self deport." I believe in compromise. To me, this means some sort of amnesty, which should not be a blanket amnesty, but it should be a legitimate offer that allows for families and individuals of good character to join us. I believe in military service as a way for immigrants to prove their loyalty to our nation. I believe that other forms of service could also be possible, such as service in our schools and in our hospitals, and along the border. Community service. I do not support general calls for self deportation, but I can see that using e-verity is a reasonable demand. I hope more you can agree to disagree with me if some of my ideas do not mesh well with your vision of how to resolve this imporant issue.

      April 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  10. If you want my support to solve the immigration problem, be moderate, show compassion.

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  11. LB

    I'm looking for work in southern CA and can't get any because the illegals are willing to work for close to nothing. I'd like to drop this woman and all others like her off a cliff.

    April 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • LB

      Also, before of you start assuming that I'm uneducated, I graduated from college less than a year ago. When I go to job fairs 99/% of the people "No habla ingles".

      April 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
      • EXPRESSING YOUR DESIRE TO SEE SOMEONE DEAD IS NOT CHRISTIAN

        Well, , let's see, maybe you can learn a few Spanish phrases, maybe take an intro class. A little Spanish during your interview and a good personality, together with the willingness to learn, might get you through the door to that job you are looking for. I know times are hard. Keep at it, don't despair.

        April 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • EXPRESSING YOUR DESIRE TO SEE SOMEONE DEAD IS NOT CHRISTIAN

      I am sorry you can not find work. There are times when I have felt that fear of not knowing where my next pay check will come from. It is horrible, specially when you have a family. But brother, I can not share your anger because I am a Christian. As a matter of fact, I work along side many illegals, and they are people just like you and me. They suffer, they are good, they are bad, they are just like you and me. I treat them with respect and they treat me with respect. I am friendly and they are friendly towards me. Why don't we tone our anger back a little bit and try to pray together so that you find a job, LB? This will be better for you than harboring anger towards other human beings. I'm sorry if I come across as if I have the answer to your problems. I don't, but I am sure God does and he is good.

      April 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  12. mimi

    Soon this woman will be pregnant and have her two anchor babies. That's probably on the first page of her how to rip Americans off book. "Hiding in the shadow" used to apply to illegal parents of anchor babies, but no more, they are now the ones who don't want IDs. They use the term "in the shadows" for sympathy only. This woman is an advocate and has a better life than we do. She obviously thinks everyone who lives here are rich because we treat illegals so well, and her people should have their share. Get her out of here and back to her country asap, she is intent on ruining ours and stealing our students best jobs. She isn't an honorable person, we don't want her here.

    April 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • I AM SORRY YOU DON'T HAVE THE SAME INTELLECT SHE HAS.

      I am sorry you did not have the same opportunities she has worked very hard to obtain. However, instead of approaching this story in a rational way and with some empathy, you go deep into your own poverty and bias and attack this hardworking individual who showcases many of the best qualities America instills in its citizens: a good work ethic, hope, productivity. I disagree with your characterization of her and must opposed on principle. I am an American and I respect human rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happyness. I will not stand with you against this young lady. You do not speak for me (so don't use the pronoun "wee" as it if stands of all Americans). I will oppose you at the polls.

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  14. Ed C.

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    April 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • I AM SORRY YOU DON'T HAVE THE SAME INTELLECT SHE HAS.

      Your racial bias is clear. You even generalize against entire nations and continents. Wow. Let's educate you on how to think without using racial generalizations and mischaracterizations of entire groups of human beings to demean them and justify whatever failures in your life you are having issues with coping. The immigration problem is complex. It starts with the fact that our cultures were so different (we were mostly protestant and we exterminated the Native Americans and became slave owners), they, the Spaniards, took Native American wifes, creted a new ethnic group, the mestizo, have a different religion, and had a cast system. Furhtermore, Mexico had land President Polk and the American South wanted to promote Manifest Destiny and Slavery. We went to war with them, stole their land, did not honor the agreements of the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty, and now seek to oppress any of them who come here, their former territories. We also have to add to that our long history of colonialism and racial intolerance and hypocrisy when it comes to the use of illegal labor.

      April 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  15. SueEllen

    Give this girl the death penalty!

    April 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Ruppert

      oh yea sure! and what about if we apply the same rhetoric with the arm traffickers who are causing thousands of human deaths down the border?? and not just down the border also here. OH! just wait a moment, I will except some "arguments" saying that Illegals are guilty of sending the drugs to our kids bla bla bla. We need to educate our youth and pay attention to their actions . Education begins at home.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
      • RUPPERT IS RIGHT

        Ruppert is right. We can not treat illegal aliens as the cause for all the problems in our nation. We must show respect for human rights and dignity. We must educate our children to be tolerant, not racist. Arizona is not doing a good job about this, they are promoting more and more discord. Furthermore, hasn't the death and injury of two of our agents working with the Mexican authorities taught us that not enforcing illegal gun trade is only going to make the cartels strogner? We must not allow American guns to reach the hands of some bad apples across the border. We must work with Mexico to secure the border against gun traffiquing, drug trade, and abuses against human beings. Mexico should do its part, too.

        April 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • EXPRESSING YOUR DESIRE TO SEE SOMEONE DEAD IS NOT CHRISTIAN

      Sue Ellen, what's up with you? What's going on in your life that's bothering you? Do you really mean what you wrote? Do you really want the death penalty for this young woman? Let's stop for a second and reflect, maybe pray. Look, I am a Christian, so I can not agree with your statement calling for the death penalty for Iliana Guadalupe Perez, a fellow human being and one of God's children just like me. I was raised to feel empathy for people. Of course, I am human too, and when I feel I have been wronged I, too, have hateful sentiments, but I stop and try to cope, to reason, to look for peaceful ideas and solutions. I try to be moderate and I try to walk a mile in the other person's shoes. Let's try doing this together Sue Ellen. Let's you and I be moderate, compassionate.

      April 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • LB

      I'd settle for tossing her back over the border. If she shows up again (which they do) then I'd be OK with the axe.

      April 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
      • EXPRESSING YOUR DESIRE TO SEE SOMEONE DEAD IS NOT CHRISTIAN

        No, LB, don't say that. Remember, God give me the courage to stand strong in the face of my own problems and to show compassion to others when they suffer. Keep at it, if an employer wants you to learn a specific skill, start learning it, show willingness to learn and adapt and cope, and eventually things will get better. I have been angry, too, and it has taken time, but eventually things do get better, and then life happens again, and you have to adapt again, but stay positive, be kind, go to church, pray, things will get better.

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  17. larry5

    The message here is that if you're a citizen and pay taxes you're a sucker. A neighbor down the street was involved in an auto accident caused by an illegal. They both went to the hospital with serious injuries. The Mexican left the hospital and paid nothing. The citizen got turned over to collections and after 9 months is now going to lose his home and everything he owns confirming the idea that citizen = sucker.

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    Wow. So she was able to use our schools, churches, streets, doctors/hospitals, etc. Without paying taxes. Still gets scholarships to help with school, and is still able to find jobs and assistance. Genius! I am the dummy, paying for it all, doing things like I should. It was a 140K pain in the ass for me, and that was just schooling. Now I am unemployed and having to pay COBRA for insurance because I will get the bill if I go to the hospital. How about this – take your fancy dreams and education, take your family, and go back and make a difference in your home country!

    April 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Ruppert

      Slow down dude. People like you, MR. PEPE, jeff and Concern and many others in the US are the ones that keeps this country to become a true land of Liberty. You guys can complaint all day long, I am going to focus in working,be a good father, neighbor treat people with respect. at the end of the day we are all humans.

      April 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
      • Concerned

        Sounds like you are not buying her book. If you are doing as you say you deserve respect. But what she is doing is just the opposite of what you are saying you do. You have to earn respect. The problem is we cannot do the things she is telling others to do, as US citizens will be held accountable.

        April 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
      • Ruppert

        Don't need to buy her book in order to make business, And it seems that you have not read the article completely and you just started with your racist propaganda. The only thing she is advising is how to set up you own business and also how to go to the City and pay in order to have a good established business and if you go to the city you are going to pay taxes aren't you? I know of several illegal immigrants (friends) that opened Mexican fast food restaurants and they need to have all the permits from the city to open your restaurant, addition to that they need to hire people as well. So my friend stop you cheap "illegal don't pay taxes " thing in your mind. Oh by the way I am in AZ and as you know we use the E-verify system to hire people.

        April 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
      • RESPECTING OTHER HUMAN BEINGS RIGHTS MAKES YOU A GOOD CHRISTIAN

        I agree with Ruppert. We must show respect to all human beings, regardless of their legal status. We need to tone down the anger.

        April 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
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      Ow wow, I must have misunderstood the article. I thought I read somewhere in the article that she wants to work. I am not completely sure but when one obtains legal employment in the U. S. A. taxes are dedicated from your paycheck before you see it (At least that's how it happens to me Now correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't changing the laws that keep illegal immigrants from working and paying taxes be changed?

      April 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
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      April 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
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        April 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
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    April 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  22. iham

    That this person was allowed into college is a travesty.
    She should be deported immediately.
    Legal immigration is fine
    Illegal immigration should be discourages with bullets.

    Ohhh woe is us, there's no such thing as an illegal person YES a person whom has violated the law to immigrate has committed a crime which is ILLEGAL and thus is termed and ILLEGAL Immigrant/Alien
    They have committed a Federal crime against the United States and All its people and should be treated as such.

    Ohh but we're all illegal what about the Native American peoples Yeah but they to immigrated (migrated) they just did it before 'us'

    Oh but what about you, you're some immigrant from some foreign country. Yes, my ancestry is traced back to a couple families on the Mayfair as well as a few different Native American tribes and countless countries including African 'blacks' though I'm completely 'white' sure, why not.

    Anyone see the movie with premise one day we wake up and all the Immigrants have vanished – the world (of California) comes to a stand still. So how many homeless and Jobless does California have? *Bang* instant job creation.

    Mexico really wants to immigrate here – Mexican government actually publicly pushes it; Fine – USA Rule of Mexico. All those Mexicans whom have nothing will now be building our products in mass factories for next to no money (reference China and others) and will be utterly under control of the US Government while having no 'rights' as Americans. Same for all those Migrating to Mexico from further South on their way to USA

    Mexico Can become one large factory for cheap labor and products for USA as well as a port of call for shipping.

    April 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • RACIST FANTASIES OF A HATEFUL LITTLE PERSON

      You start your sad rant with "enforce immigration laws with bullets" and that's where your credibility with anyone other than the mintumen and the NRA ends. Then you go on to rant about Native Americans, and blacks, and conquering Mexico and making it a cheap factory with Mexican slave labor and no rights for Mexicans and blah blah blah. You sound like a plantation owner and a white supremacist. Please try to be more moderate. The reality you must accept is that there are too many Hispanics in this country who can now vote. To that you must add every American who went to college and is not easily convinced by hatemongering, fearmongering, and demagoguery. Oh, and then you have to add to that all the Christians who actually believe in not persecuting other human beings (big group of us there). So you, Mr. Dictator with your racial supremacy fantasies of conquering Mexico, our out of luck. Many, is not the whole of us, don't agree with you. I, and many like me, will vote against the hatespeech you represent. See you in November.

      April 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  23. Ruppert

    Hey JOSE you never responded to the question or to any argument I have exposed here. You just full of garbage in your brain. The argument that illegals do not pay nothing and they get all free it is just not true. Hey PEPE (that's how Mexicans call the Jose's) who has come legally to this land? My friend, I recommend you to spend some time on a library and read some history books specially the ones from the US-Mexican War. You will see that the war started because we illegally went to Texas the Mexican GOVT. asked the new comers to pay taxes and guess what happened my friend?? we refused to do so and the white immigrants declared the independence to mexico and since mexico sent troops to settle the rebellion, the US govt. (like always) found a good excuse to invade Mexico arguing that they were going to protect the US citizens in a foreign country.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • Kaceek

      Might I suggest you spend some time observing in a hospital ED dept., or a classroom or grocery store checkout. There is where you will see just some of the theft by illegals.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:57 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

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        April 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Concerned

      The Mexicans do not need to be in the USA illegaly. That is the point. Paying taxes or not is a mute point. Their is plenty of land in Mexico to live on. The only problems with Mexico and becoming a good place to live in (according to the immigrants it is not) is the Mexicans. They are the reason people are moving North illegaly.

      Spain took what is now Texas from the indians. When Mexico became a Country the Pope gave it to Mexico as well as a lot of what is now the United States. Mexico did not give it back to the indians. The USA took it. So I guess turn about is fair play. This is the future and now. Mexico has plenty of land to live on but they flee North if they can.

      April 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • Ruppert

        It seems to me that it is very hard to you admitting that we took over this land in the best opportunistic way. Anyways I am not saying that we need to give this land back whatsoever, but saying that all the illegals are criminals is just saying that all Americans are drug addicts. We all know that is not true. My point is that this people are not hurting the economy like many (extreme Right) politicians want us to believe. I was unemployed about 5 months and you know what? I did not blame the illegals about it, instead of moaning I grabbed my garden equipment, put it to the back of my truck and took my brother out of bed and drove to the nice neighborhoods and knock doors offering my garden services. In a matter of weeks I was able to established my small garden and painting company. bottom line, Stop blaming others about your failures and GET TO WORK.

        April 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Jefferson Darcy

      Ruppert... Illegal aliens are costing us millions each day. They collect social welfare, take jobs,
      burden schools, get handouts, commit crimes..
      Illegal immigration costs the U.S. more than $130 billion a year.

      April 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  24. JOSE0311USMC

    WE MUST JAIL ANYONE WHO HIRE THE ILLEGALS, THEY ARE THE ONES TO BLAME...OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE TAKING TO COURT FOR NOT DOING THEIR JOBS......AND WE MUST STOP GIVING THEM ALL THE FREE STUFF, LIKE FREE HOSPITAL CARE-FREE WELFARE-FREE SCHOOLING.....WHAT IS STOPPING THEM FROM CONTINUING TO COME ???

    April 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  25. Proud Canadian

    There are some really interesting comments here. First, the implication that a university education in the United States can be "free" with tax payer money. Tuition for US Citizens in their home states is still very high, so I definitely would not classify it as "free". Second, the implication that she got a spot in a university at the expense of an American is curious. She was admitted to undergraduate and graduate studies because she deserved to be there. Universities are intended to be free-thinking environments where the best and brightest come to learn and dialogue. Her university would have been a poorer place if a weaker students took her place simply because that student was more "American" than she is.

    Moreover, there seems to be a lot of attacks on her status, but not a lot of comment on her age when she became "illegal". I am not sympathetic at all to adults who immigrate illegally, quite the contrary. Every country has the right to restrict passage across their own borders within the limits of their own laws, and international human rights laws. However, this young woman was not an adult when she immigrated, she was only 8 years old. How many 8 year olds would think to ask their parents "Is it OK that we're moving to the United States? Does the government know we are intending to stay permanently? Will I have a green card?". The answer, of course, is none, or nearly none. A child trusted her parents, did as she was told, and was forced to commit a crime against her will and likely her knowledge. How long do you expect the US government to punish her for decisions she did not make or understand? Now she has received an American education, and wishes to stay in your country and join your active workforce. Highly educated workers are a benefit to your struggling economy, and it would be to your own detriment to toss her aside. Otherwise, let's get the paperwork started to bring her to Canada. I'm sure we'd be happy to have her.

    April 8, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      GUYS KEEP SHORT. NO ONE TAKES THE TIME TO READ A POST THAT LONG.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Concerned

      I agree with you at this point she should be Ok to become a citizen here. What I do not agree with is the book she wrote. She talks about starting their own enterprises. I know many Mexican illegals in the United States that have dome exactly as she is saying. They literally pay no taxes. Everything is a cash business. They slide under the radar and if they are caught it is a slap on the hand or deported. But they do not spend time in prison for tax evasion like an American citizen would. They are treated better then the citizens when it comes to laws and free medical.

      Canada has some of the strictest immigration policies I have seen. Correct me if I am wrong. I remember when the Chinese were flooding to Vancouver. The house prices went through the roof because the wealthy people from China brought a lot of cash. They had to put up huge cash escrows to live in Canada to show that they could be self sustaining.

      I just copied this from a Canadian site:

      Speaking at an immigration conference last week in Calgary, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney called for more rigorous enforcement of immigration language policies.

      “I believe one area that we can ask immigrants in the country to make a greater effort [in] is that of language,” said Kenney while stressing the importance of newcomer integration.

      When applying for their permanent residency, immigrants are tested on their skills in one of Canada’s official languages. However, Kenney says that too many people are making it through the system without a basic competency in either English or French.

      “All I can say is if someone can’t conduct an interview in English or French they don’t have basic competences,” said Kenney. “I have citizenship judges tell me that frequently people are given a pass even if they don’t have that ability.”

      However, critics such as the New Democratic Party’s MP Olivia Chow, say that such a stance may be too harsh and could hinder the immigration efforts of otherwise qualified potential citizens.

      “If the government is saying if you’re not fluent in English or French then you can’t be citizens, I have a real problem with that,” said Chow, adding that more government funding could be put toward language classes to help new immigrants improve their skills.

      The Key word is Qualified above. She is putting the book out to people that may read it and are not qualified, as she is.

      It would be interesting to see if she got here education by paying for it herself or if it was payed for by taxpapyers. She obviously knows of ways to get around the system. Stopping short of reccomending false ID's that are used by at least 75% of the illegals in the USA. Another thing a US citizen would go to jail for.

      I guess I could google it, but does Canada offer free college, medical, and assistance to illegals in your Country? I do not know, but I am curious. I had a girl from Canada working for me in my company in the USA. She was sharp.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • John

      Actually criminals "deserve" noting but contempt, then jail

      April 8, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Jay

      Folks-

      good for her to seek an education. But free? Not a chance. Taxpayers money. Unless you all think Universities work for free... As for her legal status- she did not know when she was 8 but as she got older she knew. Did she try and become a US citizen? NO. She opeted to live here illegally. Her Choice. So if she gets deported bummer for her- she knew she could change her stats and be legal but chose not to. No sympathy here. As for her education and American student losing out- Absolutely true. Mr Canadain above fails to mention that univerities rely heavily on race as an admission standard. You could have a 4.0 white amercian student but if a hispanic with a C average applies the hispanic will get it,. To rub salt in the wound that Amercian student will now have to work a jobe to pay taxes to educate some who is here illegally ( acriminal) and has a lower gpa.

      So here is my soultion- If you were brought here as a child then it is UP to You to become legal- asap. If not- get out. Yes- it will cost you but the end result is worth it. Of course I don't expect they will as that would require them to be honset and have integrity. They would rather get the free hand outs and whine how unfair ilife is to them. You chose to come here illegally so quit your whining, I work in constrcution wiht A LOT of individuals form south of the border and gusee what- THEY ALL CAM HERE LEGALLY. . They were in the same boat but chose to obey the law. So those who chose to sneak in are no better then the drug cartels of mexico.. ..

      April 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • Some of the points you make are valid, but I can not side with you.

        Jay, some of the points you make are valid. I commend you for showing some fairness in you characterization of legal immigrants who work with you. I respect that. I however, disagree with you use of the word "criminal" and with the implications of some of your comments towards racial equality in terms of access to education ( I think you started to cross a line there that I am not comfortable with). I do agree with your open mindedness when it comes to the possibility of showing compassion to immigrants of good character who were brought to the US by their parents. This shows compassion and I commend you on this. I believe that moderation and compassion will help us solve the immigration problem and secure our border, but we must treat all human beings with respect to their dignity and human rights. Mexico should do the same.

        April 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • tsa

      she did not deserve to be in the university, high school, Jr high, or any other school. She is illegal. Did the CA university accept her as a instate tax paying resident? Hmmm...

      April 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Eric Larson

      Well said!

      April 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Aaaacccc

      State universities are subsidized by taxes from the state. It keeps tuition down for state residents and the subsidy is voter determined.
      If she went to a private university, your post would be true.
      The other issue is if she went the legal route under a VISA, she would pay out of state rates which are higher than in state.

      April 13, 2012 at 6:20 am |
  26. Concerned

    I am an American living in Mexico. If I wrote a book about how to work in Mexico without getting a work visa I would be arrested and deported. No compassion involved. Just the law. If I broke it I would pay the price. The culture here is so different. The drivers show no concern or respect for other drivers, to steal is the commom, as you can see ALL the houses have tall gates or walls with razor wire, broken glass or sharp points on top. All the windows and doors have metal covering them. People here do not trust each other, so why should Americans trust them.

    My wife is Mexican and we cannot talk to strangers on the roadside. If you answer an add to buy a car you will not be allowed to meet them at there house to see it. Usually at the police staion or transito. Crime is off the charts and life here is cheap. Everyone from the government down to the police are corrupt. Thrash is thrown everywhere. To throw it in the garbage is not cool here. To borrow money and never pay it back is a given. I do not do it anymore. You have to watch your belongings all the time. Most of the people coming here from Mexico illegaly are the poorest and least educated and become a burden to tax payers. They bring the same values they practice here in Mexico to the USA. Come down here and live as I have for two years and you will see I speak the truth. Americans have the right to select who they allow into their Country just like Mexico or any other Country. It is not right to force yourself onto someone and then say that person needs to be compassionate. Let someone move into your house and abuse you and tell you you are not a good host and have no compassion. After awhile you will become a little angry. It is not about race, it is a bout respect and about the law. I believe that everyone who wants to come to America and can show they can be self reliant and not abuse the system, and can adapt to becoming an American should be given the opportunity, but only if they qualify.

    I had to show I had a monthly income coming in from the USA to be able to live here. No free lunch, free medical, free school freem handouts or anything here. If I protest or break a law I will be deported. They check my papers at roadblocks here and I have to have my papers or I am gone. They have to be on my person all the time. I do not complain as so many illegals do in the USA. I abide by their laws.

    My daughter in law is from Mexico and now a US citizen. She comes from a very special family here in Mexico and she is the type of person that everyone would love to have as a neighbor. She is very honest, educated, clean and respects the laws. She is the type of person you would want in your house and she would not come here illegaly and neither would anyone in her family. They are educated and can think and do things for themselves and do not depend on others to pay their way. These are the type of human beings you invite in to your house or into your Country.

    April 8, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Odiseo Resendiz

      Are you related to Mitt Romney's father? Sad to see how you have not rooted yourself in this beautiful country that has undoubtedly welcomed you. Have you not learned anything from us? You need a serious privilege and reality check. Learn about our rich history, culture, our strugges, and don't try to see everything through your elitist lense. Embrace that which is now part of who you are. If not for yourself, do this for your children.

      April 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  27. Prince Albert

    Her acceptance into college and a Graduate program means that an AMERICAN was not.

    Fine her a million, and open the slot to an American

    April 8, 2012 at 8:50 am |
  28. Woods

    People who hire them should go to jail! A fine is a joke when they save thousands on labor costs a year!!!!! Stop the corporate takeover of America!!! WE THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2012 at 4:57 am |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      I AGREE.....WE NEED TO MAKE E-VERIFY THE LAW...JAIL TIME WITH HUGE FINES FOR ANYONE WHO HIRE ILLEGALS...NO JOBS ?THEY WILL DEPORT THEM SELF BACK TO MEXICO–SOUTH AMERICA.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  29. Curious George

    I think that we should not confuse illegal and legal immigration. America is still a country of immigrants and thousands of them make this country their home legally each year. Being anti-illegal immigration does not automatically makes you anti-immigrant or anti-american, no matter much certain people would like to muddle this issue and blur the differences.

    April 8, 2012 at 2:48 am |
    • NOT SO CURIOUS GEORGE

      You conveniently leave out the human rights violations those human beings you discard as "illegal" have to suffer. We may be on opposites side of this argument, but what your side always dismisses is the human toll the heavy handed actions against immigrants has on their children, on their lives, and on our national moral character. You conveniently choose not to comment on the rapes and other abuses, even murder, that occurs at the detention centers. You disregad the fact that many children of immigrants are now US citizens with rights (of course you would deport them too), and that human rights violations are inexcusable. So don't accuse our side of "muddling the issues," go get a moral backbone and walk a mile in their shoes.

      April 8, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      LEGAL IMMIGRATION ???WE HAVE 50 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS, DO WE NEED MORE IMMIGRANTS ????HELL NO...LEGAL IMMIGRATION SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN TO HELP THE UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS GET A JOB.....IF WE DEPORT ALL ILLEGALS, 20 MILLION OF THEM ? THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WOULD DROPPED TO 2 %

      April 8, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  30. ILIANA GUADALUPE PEREZ IS A ROLE MODEL

    It is good to see that America is still the land of the brave and the home of the free. Iliana's story gives me hope that hard work and perseverance will, in the end, help our immigrant nation achieve its role as the shinning city upon a hill that good Americans, born here or newly arrived, want it to be. America can be ugly to its own people, but it can also be compassionate and embracing, and that's why we love it and believe in it. : )

    April 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      GUADALUPE---MAKE MEXICO WORK FOR YOU..LEAVING MEXICO IS BEING A COWARD...MEXICO IS YOUR COUNTRY, STAYING THERE AND MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU IS THE BRAVE THING TO DO...RUNNING AWAY FROM MEXICO ?? IS BEING A COWARD.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Aaaacccc

      No, she has been sold a lie. She is stil illegal and the higher her degree, the less likely she can use it due to her ilegal status. She likely took out loans and is in debt.
      This is why the Dream Act makes sense, but prior to her generations of immigrant doctors, nurses I knew where scrubbing floors to earn their way to a legal degree in the US.
      If these students don't go through the process of going back and coming in with a legal VISA for school, they perpetuate their problem. Can she be a lawyer, doctor with bad credentials? No one can hire her legally.
      All she can do is work for herself, but her future is limited.
      Push for the Dream Act and while waiting for it, at least go through the steps to become legal so when it passes, you have a real future.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  31. Jefferson Darcy

    Dear Iliana Guadalupe Perez julio iglesias.. You got free education. Say Thank You.

    April 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • RESPONSE TO Jefferson Davis

      You sad excuse for an American citizen, this woman is more American than you will ever be. She embodies the spirit of perseverance, of hard work, of courage, and of hope that America is all about. Your racial slurs and your condecending comments don't make her qualities shine any less. To kind hearted, enlightened Americans, she is one of us, and you, sadly, are too. She represents the best in America. You represent the worst. You are a bigot and a radical. And you have just made yourself another American who will oppose you and your hatespeech. You do not speak for all of us and we will not let you turn our country into the home of the bullies and the land of the bigots.

      April 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
      • Jefferson Darcy

        These people use words like "Hater", "Xenophobia", "Racists" and "Bigots" because,
        its their particular playbook. Thats all they have left.
        Its their tactic: Denigrate and vilify those who
        demand immigrations laws be enforced and our border secured.

        April 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
      • RESPONSE TO Jefferson Davis

        Jefferson Davis, those who you qualify as "these people" are your fellow Americans, but we are also you betters, so check your arrogance and your hate at the door when you address me, because I am your better. Now listen, bigot, your rethoric is trite. You have to come up with something better than asking people to go to a website and calling a beautiful and intelligent young woman a racial slur. Good people are not going to side with a bigot over a hard working American putting herself through college. Listen up again, Davis, you are not dealing with JOSEUSMC here, you are dealing with educated Americans who do not care to hear your ignorant rants. Go to sleep and give it a rest. And God bless America, land of tolerance and hope, for Iliana, for me, and yes, even for you.

        April 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • bccream

      What the heck? Which Hospital and Universities give free education (not Scholarships) let me know and I will act like an illegal alien. Uninformed nonsense.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • bccream

      Which Hospitals, Doctors and Universities give free education, health etc, please let me know and I will act like an illegal. You are totally uninformed, there is no thing called free regardless of your legal status.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        ILLEGALS DO GET FREE COLLEGE MONEY, JUST LIKE THEY GET FREE SCHOOLING –FREE WELFARE-–FREE HOSPITAL WHEN EVER THEY GET SICK OR HAVE BABIES....AND MEXICANS WONDER WHY AMERICANS CAN'T STAND THEM....THEY STEAL OUR JOBS AND BENEFITS AND WONDER WHY AMERICANS HATE THEM....PAY FOR YOUR OWN WAY.

        April 8, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • que pasa?

      why are you so angry? you do know that " what you do on to others, is done on to You"?
      have you ever had a "aha" moment? did you get it?
      hope you get to laugh later tonight,
      it's really good medicine......
      have peace for all human kind,,,,,ok?

      April 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • pablo

      Agreed. I paid for both of my daughter's educations. Shame on California for running their own state into the ground by subsidising illegal aliens with tax payers money.

      April 8, 2012 at 8:57 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        IF AMERICANS CROSS THE MEXICAN BORDER, WOULD WE GET ALL THE FREE STUFF THAT MEXICANS GET IN THE U.S. ??? DO YOU THINK THAT MEXICO WILL GIVE US JOBS ??FREE HOSPITAL ?? FREE WELFARE ?? FREE SCHOOLING ???

        April 8, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      FREE EDUCATION-FREE HOSPITAL–FREE WELFARE-–UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS-–WHAT IS STOPPING THEM FROM COMING HERE ???WE HAVE TO END ALL THE FREE STUFF.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  32. Zman

    Jose,
    This is mainly for Jose, but all you other narrow-minded, anti-immigrants suffering from your own delusions can insert your names in Jose's place for part of this.

    Dude! Slow your roll! Lay off the CAPS button! Leaning heavy on the CAPS button does not make you come across as being any smarter or as if you actually know what you are talking about. I'm concerned for your health. You sound angry and that is not good for that low capacity brain of yours.. Your low self esteem and your desire to push yourself as far away from others that resemble you is getting the best of you. You are all over the place and make no sense in any of it! You are irrational and unrealistic! You have no real hope of ever being part of any real change because you are too extreme which makes you sound less than smart or, lets just be frank...it brings out your true colors beyond what you really should allow and your ignorance shines through like the BROWN pigmentation of your skin or the stuborness of your bristled Mexican hair does JOSE! Oh yeah, you do have a Latino name JOSE or do you prefer I call you Joe? Using USMC after your LATINO name does not actually help you or gives you any actually credit! As a matter of fact, the contradiction and the irony of it all is not doing you and your lame argument any favors at all! Not to mention, you're making all us service members look bad! It's also making you look insecure about your looks and your heritage JOSE! I recomend using real facts if you want to put your self out there like this JOSE! While, I understand that you finally got a platform in the form of the internet from where you can shout your ignorance; chew on this one thing Joe. Just because you can put your extremist rehteric out there, doesn't mean you should JOSE! I guess that's the beauty of freedom of speach which I respect and love so much. But, you really are not a think first kind of guy, huh Jose?! This makes me wonder about you Joe?! Why do you hate others that look JUST like you so much? It's not difficult to see you have much work to do within your own anger-filled world in which you currently reside before taking on Immigration Reform. Work on your on camp Marine! The problem with extremist like you is that you are uneducated and uninformed! You take on topics like illegal immigration, but know next to nothing about how it works or how it really affects our country (good or bad). You have no clue as to the real economic and social remofications that would affect us all in this country (including you Joe) should we follow your, and the others like you, one-size fits all game plan! Do some actually class time and walk in someone else's shoes sometime! I understand that your mind only works in two ways: your way and YOUR way! I know that you are incapable of seeing anything from an objective point of view due to your narrow mind and your vigilantly-conspiricy theorist way of looking at society. Are illegal immigrants taking so much from you that you can't afford an off-road vehicle to execute your anti-immigrant delusions with?! Really?! Quit asking for free stuff JOSE! You sound pathetic! Oh, and by the way...Just because you were in the Marines, does NOT make you Rambo! Do yourself a favor JOSE and take a bottle of water when you venture into that desert to hunt for your namesakes! We don't want you to get hurt and waste tax payer money by having the authorities go out to rescue you from you! That would be counter productive for your mission! While you are out there, make sure you carry a valid ID JOSE! You don't want one of your fellow "border gaurdians" to confues you for an being an "illegal". That would be horrible for your insecurities my brown, Spanish name carrying amigo!

    April 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • RESPONSE TO Zman

      I do not know what your background is, but we have somethings in common, we can think for ourselves, we agree that illegal immigration should not be solved by the likes of JoseUSMC and radicals like him (whatever their skin color), and we (I want to think this is something we share) would like to resolve the immigration issue with compassion, with reason, without bigotry, but without letting those like Jose or Jefferson Davis stomp on immigrants. I sometimes think writing in this blogs is futile, but then I realize that the horrible things in history have happened when good men do nothing to stop evil. I strongly believe that letting bullies like Jose and Jefferson Davis bully immigrants is evil, it is un-American. This may sound melodramatic, but it takes me to a childhood memory when I went into a restroom at a restaurant and I saw a Hispanic immigrant wiping blood from his head. This image has stuck to my mind and I don't want my country to become some ugly copy of a racist reservation or concentration camp. So let's keep "fighting" this bigots with words and come November, we vote against them.

      April 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
      • Jefferson Darcy

        "response to zman" First of all, not Jefferson Davis. My name is Jefferson Darcy.
        Second of all..
        Illegals ignore the laws and try to make a race issue when they get caught.
        Just like you now.

        April 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
      • RESPONSE TO Jefferson Davis

        Jefferson Davis, you called Iliana Guadalupe Perez a racial slur by adding "julio iglesias" to her name. She is a person. A human being with inalienable rights which you choose to ignore because you are a bigot and a sad excuse for an American (where did you grow up, antebellum Alabama?). You say we who oppose you turn everything into a race issue. You are the one using the racial slurs. Next, you will use the trite excuse that opposing a white man who "catches" others defending immigrants (human beings whether you like it or not) is "reverse racism." No educated American will fall for your hatemongering rethoric and your lame rants. We will oppose you and we will defeat you at the polls. Good luck with living life full of hate. I have my God, my family, and my education to give me love and strength. What do you have hatemonder that is stronger than what motivates me?

        April 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Zman

      By the way...I am Mexican. I have walked in Ms. Perez's shoes. Thanks to the Reagan Amnesty Program at the age of 14 I was able became a permanent resident to start on the road to the American Dream. I graduated high school, joined the Navy, graduated from college and in return I have given 17 years to the U.S. military and counting. In case you are wondering Jose and the rest of you narrow minded individuals; I did it on my own dime! I studied hard, applied for loans, EARNED grants, and scholarships thanks to my GPA. I am giving back at a K-8 school in a low income area. I also just started my own company and we are doing well. All by the age of 40. This is great country!!! There is room for ANYONE willing to work hard! Sometimes, we just need a shot. We can not allow the Jose's of the world to do the thinking for the rest of us!

      So, although disappointing to hear the anti-immigrant rants from all the uneducated, closed-minded individuals standing on their, ever so shaky, soap boxes; I have faith that education and the thinking of level-headed minds everywhere can help us overcome some of our differences. Education and open-mindness are a crazy concept Jose and company! You all should give them a shot some time! Pick up a book or walk in someones else's shoes every once in a while! I don't fear you. You have exposed yourselves and I have seen the tools you are working with. Sadly, your CAPS filled rants are signs of your desperate attempts to be heard regardless of how ridiculous your words and ideas are. Mission accomplished! Thanks for the reminder that ignorance still exists! I never forgot...I just was hoping we were further along with our social issues than we are. We have made process, but clearly, we have work to do. Nonetheless, faith has not abandoned me!

      April 8, 2012 at 3:07 am |
  33. migeli

    The wealthy hire all the illegals and outsource the rest of our jobs to China.Give the rich some more tax cuts.See what that will do for you.

    April 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  34. ilianaperez

    Why isn't my comment showing up!

    April 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  35. Curious George

    Is a sequel "How to cross the border undetected" in the works?

    April 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • RACIST HUMOR WILL NOT MAKE YOU A BETTER CHRISTIAN

      Maybe it is. And it if it is, will you come back and post insensitive comments that offend other human beings who were not as fortunate as you? Mexico is a good place. I have visited it many times. Sure they have their problems, but so do we and so does every other country in this world. We can not control the world. We must leave that to God. What we can control is how we treat each other. I want to ask you to try to be more sensitive. I know many illegal aliens. They don't come here because they are eager to be mistreated, they come here because they are desperate and poor. As a Christian, I will not turn my back to them and I will not stand idle while the strong spit on the weak and the poor. Please, show that you are better than racism and arrogance. Be kind to immigrants.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
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    April 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  37. GoDucks73

    Where did she get the money? From our government? She is here illegaly, if she got money to go to school under false pretenses, she is a criminal and should have her throat cut on principle.

    April 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • VIOLENCE WILL NOT MAKE YOU A BETTER CHRISTIAN

      Mr. Duck, this blog is, in theory, for intelligent adults to post their comments. If you truly mean what are writing, that this young lady, her name is Iliana Guadalupe Perez and she is a human being just like you and I, should have, and I quote you, "her throat cut on priciple," then you are a very damaged and sick person. I don't take pleasure in using these words to describe you, but you are very irresponsible in your comments and I find them very offensive. How has this young woman hurt you in particular? Please don't use "principles" or rationalizations to justify your offensive and violent comment. How has this young woman hurt you in particular? Are you a human being? Do you see her as a fellow human being? Are you a Christian? or are you someone who throws hate speech on the internet because it is easy for you to hide behind a screen? It is easy to be brave when you are far away. Please try to be a better person. Read your Bible. Be compassionate to others. Don't say that you wish someone cut Iliana Guadalupe Perez's throat. I want to believe you are better than what your thoughtless words portray.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
      • Feedthemtothelions

        S_T_F_U you zombie loving freak.

        April 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
      • REPLY TO FEEDTHEMTOTHELIONS

        If being fed to the lions was a good enough fate for Daniel (and he was saved by God) and Peter died at the cross like Jesus did, then, buddy, bring it on, I fear no lion and I certainly don't fear you, because my God is good and gives me peace. Other than this, what can I say to you, STFU? No, I'm better than that. How about LLAP (Live Long and Prosper : )

        April 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • migeli

      Wow! Sick, sick sick person.

      April 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Ohsotired

      Are you kidding me? Have her throat cut on principle? You must be a troll because that is the most inflammatory and dumbest comment I've read on this blog!

      April 8, 2012 at 6:27 am |
  38. TexMex

    Its funny how this country focuses on mostly hispanics when there is millions of different races from different countries in the U.S illegally. Granted, hispanics do come here an take jobs that YOU americans wont do because pay is not sufficient. There was this article on the news a couple of months back where it said that the state was deporting all immigrants that worked on the picking fields. All hispanics fled and they started loosing millions by the day because crops where dying. Americans where hired and wouldn't make it past lunch because work was to harsh and it took 10 to 15 americans to do what a group of 3 illegals could execute with out any complaints. Many Americans complain about no jobs being available but yet can sure sit on their couches collecting welfare, food stamps and whatever government support service that is available, so the question now is "who is stealing from whom." I can proudly say that i'm proud to be MEXICAN and yes I myself was ILLEGAL for 18 year. I bet your asking yourself, 18 years and that illegal alien never got caught. Well i sure am not the first nor the last, and no i never had a fake ID nor stole any SSN's. Now i can say i'm a proud America but as well will never forget where i came from. I serve in the military and protect this country. As for high speed JOSE, you are just plain ignorance bud. I sure bet you where born in the U.S.A but don't forget where your roots come from i bet some where down the line you have some illegals to.

    April 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • COMPASSION, HARD WORK, SERVICE MAKE YOU A GOOD CHRISTIAN

      Dear TexMex, I admire and praise your compassion and fellowship to immigrants. I have seen what you describe, immigrants who a good, hard working people. I do not agree with the ugly characterizations that some, but not all, who post here, make of illegal immigrants and Hispanics. It warms my heart to see that there are good people in our nation who will not turn their back on the values that the Bible teaches, compassion and fellowship towards all human beings.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  39. jon

    First thing to do, get a fake ID and Social Security number. Sort of blows the liberal mantra about "only doing the jobs Americans won't do" right out of the water doesn't it. Get used to illegals taking your job next, because neither the GOP or The dems is serious enough about cracking down on it. One Chicago Mexican female was arrested recently and linked to over 300,000 fake Drivers Licenses for illegals...she worked in the States DMV.

    April 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  40. LifeCrust Careers

    I think this is a really good thing. Kudos to the student, would definitely help break some stereotypes. Also, here is another excellent post on how to shine in your job interview.

    April 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Kaceek

      Glad you think her stealing from America her whole life is a good thing. She obviously has no shame. The next time you get an astronomical medical bill, remember she pays for nothing.

      April 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  41. Ken in Texas

    The point is she's rubbing everyone's nose in it that she is here illegally and trying to teach others how to break the law as well. Where is ICE? Why are they not doing their job?

    April 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  42. Statue of Liberty

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
    With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

    April 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  43. Ruppert

    @ JOSE

    You say that immigrants are cowards because they leave their home country? Tell me JOSE where are your ancestors come from? Please do not say that your ancestors are Native from this land because JOSE it is not a native name.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • American History

      Hey, Ruppert – you do know that all of the land of California, Arizona, most of New Mexico, and some of Texas, used to be a part of Mexico, right? Roughly 150 years ago... and that probably plenty of people native to that land had the name of Jose? The US didn't just fight with Native American Indians to create this country – they also fought with Mexico.

      April 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • Ruppert

        Yeap I do know that, perhaps you should read my previous comments about it. and JOSE is not a native name, JOSE is a Spanish name.

        April 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
      • ec42

        Originally the Mexican-American War was fought for the small stretch of land just north of the Rio Grande. The United States offered to buy it, and that was rejected. The war continued. Then the United States offered to buy that portion of the land, plus New Mexico and Arizona for a larger sum of money, and that was also rejected. When we won the war, we paid for the land we "won".
        Land has been traded and sold for thousands of years, evidence suggests that even Native Americans were not the first here. Along that train of thought, the Spanish and the Mexicans fought the Native Americans for this land long before the settlers from the United States even thought about it.
        Had Mexico retained this land, all that would happen would be immigrants from Mexico would try to cross into the United States still. It's not the land, it is the country, politics and the wars (I mostly mean with drugs and gangs here) that immigrants are trying to escape. You think having more land would solve that? They come here for freedom and for opportunity. I am on the side of the debate where I do not want illegal immigrants from any country here, I do not want to pay for them or their kids, I have a child of my own as a single mother, I don't need to support millions of others. I do support a stronger visa program, and I do support a stronger work program for people who only want to be here seasonally.

        April 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
      • REPLY TO EC42

        I respectfully disagree with you. If I were to offer you x amount of money for your property, but you did not want to sell your property, would it be OK for me to invade your property, rape you (I am trying to make a point, please do not misinterpret my hypothetical scenario as a threat), and murder your loved ones? Of course it wouldn't be OK. It doesn't matter that the Manifest Destiny President and his Generals and the slave promoting South wanted Mexico's land and offered to buy it. They had no right to bully their neighbor. There is no argument that can justify the Mexican War or the Texas War. America was greedy and it resorted to violence to get what it wanted.

        April 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
      • REPLY TO EC42

        I also respectfully disagree with your characterization of what could have happened if the United States had not stolen the Mexican terriories. You say that this would not have made a difference and that Mexicans would continue to immigrate to the United States illegally looking for freedom and escaping the drug and gang violence. EC42, I want to be respectful towards you, but I find it hard to at this point. At this point your comments reflect a very racist belief, that white America is better than Mexico, hence Mexicans are inferior to white Americans, no matter how many turns in history alter the events, Mexico will always be a failed state full of gang and drug violence (this is what you are implying). If the United States had not stolen the Mexican territories, only God knows what would have happen, perhaps Mexico would be the dominant power today, perhaps not. But assume that the only possible future is one in which the United States, white America, will always be superior to Mexico, is a very arrogant and racist statement, specially since Mexican citizens die at the hand of Mexican drug lords who supply American noses their cocaine.

        April 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
      • REPLY TO EC42

        The last of your statements I respectfully take issue with is that you do not want to pay for the costs of services to illegal immigrants, because you are a single mother with your own children to support. I am the son of a single mother. I can respect the second part of your statement because I saw how my mother struggled to give my sister and I a good life. We always came first and we always had food on the table and clothes and all the basic needs. Both my sister and I made it to college. All of this because of my mother, a single mother. This being said, she has never mistreated or spoken ill of immigrants. We do not blame them for our misfortunes. We are Christian and in my interactions with immigrants, all I can see is fellow human beings who have the same right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happyness as I have.

        April 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
      • Quentin Eichenauer

        How is that relevant to any of us living here today, 150+ years later, when all of the original people, numbering less than 40,000, and who, in California, by and large, wanted to leave the Mexican system are all gone? This, by your reasoning, is nothing more than a counter-invasion. If you truly hold that belief, then Americans are faced with only two real choices: 1- decide that the annexation was wrong and give up the south west. 2- decide that the people now here are sovereign to the United States and we should treat this as the invasion it is. I think we should table the history of the South West United States, whose history you have a thin, thin veneer of, and deal with the problem as it is, laws are being broken here, economic hardship and civil strife exist there. Anything else is pseudointellectual posturing.

        April 8, 2012 at 7:26 am |
      • HISTORY IS ONLY TRUE WHEN IT FITS YOUR BIAS?

        You begin your rebuke by asking how "any of this is relevant to us 150 yrs later"? The answer is obvious, we still can't get along with our Mexican neighbors and we still suffer the consequences of having stolen their land, just like we as a nation, are still engaged in litigation with the Native Americans (the Sioux, for example) over the treatises the United States government signed with them and never honored. Same with the Mexicans who stayed once their land had been conquered, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was never honored.

        April 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
      • HISTORY IS ONLY TRUE WHEN IT FITS YOUR BIAS?

        You continue your rebuke by projecting your biased view of the world onto me. You state that "by my logic this is only a counter invasion." How ridiculous. The immigraton problem is often labeled by radicals like you as an invasion and a reconquista because you seek to fan the flames of intolerance and racial fear. You continue by saying that my logic only leaves two options (really? I'm surprised that you even went as far as two, might as well have said no options, you are so limited) 1) to return the lands America conquered to Mexico (that would be impractical and create even more racial strife with the people already living there, I don't believe this is an option that Americans could handle); 2) deport all illegals (and here is where you reach your true agenda, it's either "return the lands to Mexico" which you do not really support, or "deport all illegals" which is what you would do. You are a radical, no middle ground with you guys, no moderate solutions, no empathy.

        April 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
      • HISTORY IS ONLY TRUE WHEN IT FITS YOUR BIAS?

        Finally, you criticize my understanding of history, which implies that your understanding of history must be absolutely correct and hence, your political views are also absolutely correct and mine are not. You state that any argument which takes into account history is "pseudointellectual" and that we should "table the history of the SW". It is here where you have made your intolerance clear and your antiintellectualism hurtfully obvious. You are a Santorum radical republican, afraid to look at reasonable arguments and afraid to concede that the other side might be at least a little right and you might be a little (or a lot) in the wrong. You guys don't truly care about history because it embarrasses you and discredits your picture perfect racial ego. You guys are afraid of intellect because it does not fit your totalitarian fantasies of dominance. Please go to church and pray that Jesus Christ gives you the ability you never developed, the ability to feel empathy towards other human beings and to walk a mile in their shoes.

        April 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  44. Peter

    Just think about how many more opportunities she would have if she put the same effort into getting legal.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  45. Ruppert

    ha ha ha poor little JOSE, my friend you are only exposing your inferiority complex. Come on my friend Gods laws are above the ones you are defending.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • God

      Do not tell me where my laws rank in order. The only laws that I have that are important are the laws of physics..

      April 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
      • Dog

        No disrespect to dogs. I just can't bring myself to write the lords name in the context in which you have misused it. Sir, you are being blasphemous, extremely disrespectful to the beliefs of Christians like me. Please cease and desist from calling yourself the deity. It also makes people think that you are an immature teenager with a deity complex, a narcissist and a fool. I apologize for hurting your feelings, just this once, because it is Easter.

        April 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • RACISM WILL NOT MAKE YOU A BETTER CHRISTIAN

      Ruppert is right. God is watching and we can not treat immigrants like lesser humans.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  46. peace

    The guide is available for free, as the article says.
    http://e4fc.org/images/E4FC_LifeAfterCollegeGuide.pdf

    April 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  47. maureen

    After reading all the postings I am humbled to say There but for the Grace of God go I

    April 7, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  48. THE BIGGEST MONEY CONTRIBUTORS TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HIRE ILLEGAL ALIENS

    How ironic. Here we are, attacking the little guys, bashing on Mexicans and their kids, throwing racial slurs against a young lady of good moral character who is trying to pursue a life of liberty and happyness. Here we are, with Jefferson Davis ( is that you former president of the Confederacy?) advocating for illegals to be deported and for illegals to be stopped and ranting, BUT nobody who is here ranting against immigrants seems to care that two of the biggest contributors to the Republican presidential campaigns are Texas who are against stopping illegal immigrantion. Why? Because, at least in the case of one of them from Houston, the one reported to have donated at least 85 million dollars to the Republican party in the past, he makes his money by allegedly exploiting illegal immigrant labor in his construction business. What hypocrisy?

    April 7, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  49. Jefferson Darcy

    Estimated 7 million non-agricultural jobs are held by illegal aliens . (with stolen, or fake ID)
    Jobs that could and should go to Americans. Push your state rep to make a change .
    Google this: NUMBERSUSA .Once you are registered, go to the "action board" to
    send free faxes to your state representative .
    They are all typed up and ready to go, you just need to click your mouse to send.
    No more illegal aliens in payroll jobs !

    April 7, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Jefferson Darcy

      "THE BIGGEST MONEY" is that your name? Listen to me you Bozo.
      Illegal is not a race, it's a crime .

      April 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • RACISM WILL NOT MAKE YOU A BETTER CHRISTIAN

        Jefferson Darcy, I see Biggest Money got you rattled. Brother, let go of your anger. Pick up your Bible and stop hating your fellow man.

        April 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Political Liberal

      I am American Indian. All you people are illegal immigrants. Go home. Give us back our land and our culture.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • ronk1957

        I am a caveman, all of you american indians stole this land from me. Go home and give me my cave back !

        April 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
      • mema

        I am not an American Indian but you and your ancestors did get the worst end of the stick on these land. I think at the very least American Indians should get some acres of quality american lands per individial. Its a tragedy that so many tribes were lost.

        April 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  50. migeli

    Who hires these people?The wealthy with their tax breaks that's who.Don't blame people looking for a better life.Blame whoever is responsible for hiring illegals.Can you afford a maid or gardener?So who is responsible.Do you need a clue?How about the rich who exploit everyone and blame this situation on Obama.

    April 7, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • magyart

      She's NOT looking for a job as a maid or gardener. Millions of illegal residents work at professional and management jobs. All they need to do is use a false social security number. Some illegal residents do migrant farm work, but when they learn the ropes, they take better paying full time jobs. Illrgal residents work maintenace, housing, hospitality, the food industry, hospitals, schools, etc. A false social security card can be purchased in any city of this country, for $300.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  51. Tomas

    I hope the how to guide is in english so I can learn too. If not it discriminates against me cause I only can read english. Where can I find it. I need help too finding a job.

    April 7, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • USING RETHORICAL QUESTIONS TO PROMOTE HATE WON'T MAKE YOU A BETTER CHRISTIAN

      Don't worry Tomas. I am going to purchase her book. We can meet here and I will translate it for you. I am a Christian and want to help other human beings. I believe in compassion. Have you read your Bible lately? God doesn't like it when we mistreat each other.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  52. JOSE0311USMC

    CRIMINALS WHO CROSS OUR BORDERS-–STEAL OUR SOCIAL SECURITY-USE FAKE I.D. TO GET A JOB..THAT IS CRIMINAL ....

    April 7, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Why so angry?

      JOSEo31USMC why are you so angry and bellicose against Mexicans? You are aware that many Mexicans, illegal or illegal, are also your brothers in arms, aren't you? Do you hate them, too? Would you advocate deporting them, too? Their service to you in the battlefield and to this great nation does not earn them the right to be here? Jose, being a Marine should make you a better American, not a hater. Just yesterday a fellow Marine of yours of Hispanic descent died serving his community as a police officer. The police chief spoke of him, in English and Spanish, as a hero to his city. Jose, please stop and think about this with me. There are other ways to express yourself and your beliefs, even if you truly believe that immigrants are the source of all of our country's troubles. Just leave the hate out.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:54 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        ILLEGALS STEAL JOBS FROM LEGAL HISPANICS-THEY BREAK OUR LAWS BY STEALING OTHER PEOPLE I.D.'S ....THEY USE FAKE I.D.'S ......I'M A HISPANIC BUT I'M ALSO A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN.....WE HAVE 50 MILLION AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED, AMERICA COMES FIRST TO ME....IF WE DEPORT ALL THE ILLEGALS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WOULD GO DOWN TO 2 % ........AMERICA DO NOT NEED MORE PEOPLE.....I'M A HISPANIC, BUT AMERICA -AMERICANS COME FIRST TO ME.....I WANT AMERICANS TO GET THE JOBS THAT MEXICANS ARE STEALING ..

        April 7, 2012 at 11:47 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        WE CAN'T ALLOW EVERY PERSON IN THE WORLD THAT WANTS TO COME TO AMERICA IN.....AMERICA MUST SAVE THE JOBS THAT WE HAVE FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS...NO HATE HERE, JUST LOOKING OUT FOR AMERICANS CITIZEN'S FIRST......I HAPPEN TO LIKE MEXICANS, THEY ARE NICE PEOPLE.. BUT WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO ALLOW MORE OF THEN IN OUR COUNTRY.....NO MAS..

        April 7, 2012 at 11:53 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        HATE ? NO HATE, THAT IS YOUR OPINION.....LOOKING OUT FOR AMERICA IS HATEFUL ?? NO...DEPORTING THE ILLEGALS HATEFUL ? NO.....THE LAWS IN THE BOOKS SAY ANYONE WHO IS IN AMERICA ILLEGALLY MUST BE DEPORTED, THAT IS NOT HATE....BUILDING A WALL ON THE MEXICAN BORDER IS NOT HATE, JUST PROTECTING AMERICA......TO MEXICANS EVERYTHING IS HATE –OR–RACIAL PROFILING.....STOPPED BREAKING OUR LAWS–STOPPED CROSSING OUR BORDERS AND WE WOULD NOT HAVE A PROBLEM....HATE ? NOTHING TO DO WITH HATE, YOUR OPINION.

        April 7, 2012 at 11:59 am |
      • mema

        I dont understand the statements on how mexicans steal Americans jobs. I am hispanic and my family has been in America for as far back as I can trace. I love this country just as much as the other Americans. There are many benefits about mexicans being in the work force. For one thing when they get jobs the employers still have to pay into taxes and social security out of their wages. This results in billions of dollars that they do not qualify for in benefits. If it was not for that money going in that pool SS would not have the funds to pay American citizens. Also I have many family members that own farms and they and their neighbors have hired many American citizens over and over again but they quit always because it is really hard work, long hours, seasonal, travel from state to state, low wages ext...You may argue that farmers should pay more but thae FACT is if they do our food costs would be astronomical and also it would simply put so many ranchers and farmers under. Dose

        April 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • migeli

      Don't worry about the illegals stealing your sociak security.Worry about the Tea Party.

      April 7, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  53. migeli

    We stole the whole southwest from Mexico.Let's give it back and the they would be sneaking into their own country.Simple.Then all the white people should go back where they came from and let the buffalo roam.Problem solved!

    April 7, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • magyart

      We don't need to give it back. They are doing a good job of colonization. Calif. is their best colony.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  54. Jefferson Darcy

    Join over 1 million legal American citizens against these law breaking Illegals at NUMBERSUSA. google it, and register. Take Action.

    April 7, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • migeli

      Join the Resolution of 1492-Send all those foreigners back to Europe!

      April 7, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Left

      @Jefferson Darcy I am a US citizen and I will not register to your cause nor even waste my time to google it. I will continue support bills that aid these brilliant minds to a path of citizenship. it's the American thing to do.

      April 7, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  55. ILIANA GUADALUPE PEREZ YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL TO OUR CHILDREN

    Iliana Guadalupe Perez is a role model. I am a teacher and I will use her story to inspire my students to follow in her footsteps. She is an inspiration. The motto of one of the universities I attended is "Por mi raza hablara mi espiritu." This translates to "my spirit will speak for my race." I think Iliana is the personification of this message. What a great story hers is. A story of intellectual ambition, of strong values, of courage and resilience. I would be proud to employ a person like her. It is good to see that other people posting here feel the same way. The positive posts here make me proud to be an American and inspire me to serve my community every day. America is a good place, but we have to keep working, educate ourselves, learn to be tolerant, learn to speak up, to vote, if we want America to continue to be a good place for our children and if we want America to be an even greater nation. Of course I can also see the bigotry and the negativeness expressed by some individuals, but like Iliana's father taught her, it is best to focus on the solutions and not dwell on the negativity and ugliness. Iliana Guadalupe Perez, tu espiritu trae gloria y orgullo a nuestra raza. Adelante!

    April 7, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Jefferson Darcy

      Mexicans are the least racially tolerant of all peoples, and are themselves the biggest offenders of what they
      accuse others of.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:26 am |
      • migeli

        Think about it though.We wouldn't have any Taco Bells.

        April 7, 2012 at 10:38 am |
      • RACIST GENERALIZATIONS DON'T MAKE YOU A BETTER CHRISTIAN

        Your statement is a racist generalization. Are you reading your Bible? Christ does not like hatemongering.

        April 7, 2012 at 10:39 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        I AGREE....WHAT MAKE ME MAD ABOUT MEXICANS??? IF YOU ARE FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT, YOU ARE A RACIST-A BIGOT--IF YOU ARE FOR THE WALL ON THE MEXICAN BORDER, YOU ARE RACIST–A BIGOT......DO WE WANT ANYONE CROSSING OUR BORDER ?? NO....WE ARE LOOKING OUT FOR AMERICA-THE AMERICAN WORKERS ...

        April 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      GO TEACH IN MEXICO....MAKE YOUR COUNTRY WORK FOR YOU...WE DO NOT CARE WHAT YOU DO ..DO IT IN MEXICO....BE A ROLL MODEL TO MEXICAN KIDS IN MEXICO...

      April 7, 2012 at 10:45 am |
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  57. Ruppert

    OH!!! god i Love those MEDIOCRE comments that illegals take our jobs and take our children scholarships BLA BLA BLA. Stop moaning!!! The US population is 320 million people where 11 million of them are illegals. In the First place, I am very sure the majority of the people on this forum are "religious" and believe in God; Well, let me tell you something. Do you really believe that god will be happy with your racist comments? I love where some of my friends go to church saying that they do love god BLA BLA BLA and they say the same s tupid racist comments. jajaja that is what I call Hypocrisy. I think that all those racists here on this forum should get to Work since this is america about, if you blame others of your failures that only makes you a bigger MEDIOCRE.

    April 7, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Jefferson Darcy

      Estimated 7 million non-agricultural jobs are held by illegal aliens . (with stolen, or fake ID)
      Jobs that could and should go to Americans.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:32 am |
      • migeli

        I have a toilet brush ready for you. What time do you want to start work?

        April 7, 2012 at 10:41 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        WHAT ABOUT THE 10 MILLION ILLEGALS THAT HAVE JOBS IN ROOFING--HOME BUILDING-–CONSTRUCTION--ELECTRICIAN JOBS--WITH FAKE I.D. ??? I'M GOING TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, AMERICANS DO NOT WANT FARM JOBS –OR–DISH WASHING JOBS...BUT THEY DO WANT THE OTHER JOBS I MENTION ABOVE

        April 7, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • Jeri

        Jobs that most Americans will not take because they see it is beneath them, are too lazy, and over-educated to do a real job like working a farm.

        April 7, 2012 at 11:02 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        DARCY, MY POINT...THOSE JOBS SHOULD GO TO AMERICAN WORKERS...ILLEGALS ARE ALSO LOWERING THE WAGES AND KEEPING THE WAGES DOWN......IF WE DIDN'T HAVE ILLEGALS ? THOSE JOBS WOULD BE PAYING A LOT MORE.....ILLEGALS CAN HAVE THE FRUIT PICKING JOBS, NO PROBLEM THERE.

        April 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Ruppert

      Mr. Jefferson that all you can argue? Yeah yeah typical answer. Well, at one point an immigrant had a job that I could be working at, but you know what? I did not care and did not complaint about it because I grabbed my Loan mower, my weed eater and my trimmer and put it in the back of my truck and drove with my brother and knocked doors to do cut grasses etc in the nice neighborhoods and make money! That is america, The land of opportunity to everyone. And you know what? I do not care if they are Illegal immigrants in the first place because god opens the doors to everyone. Oh, by the way the Mexican-US war started because Illegal White immigrants went to TEXAS, established and rose their kids, But the time that the Mexican Govt. asked those immigrants to pay taxes, guess what happened? Oh !! yeah they denied to do so and declared the independence. You know what my friend all that you talk is Hypocritical because your and my ancestors took over this land ILLEGALLY!

      April 7, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  58. Jerry Stephenson

    I have noticed that anytime I read a "pity the poor Hispanic immigrant" story it is written by authors with Hispanic names. Sooner or later these authors more often than not get around to repeating the "biggest lie ever told," which is..."they only take jobs that Americans are unwilling to do." It occurs to me that a book that helps lawbreakers to continue to break the laws of this country falls into the category of a criminal conspiracy to violate this countries laws,and the will of the citizens. On that basis,I believe this woman should be arrested and deported. Maybe she can use all her taxpayer provided education to help people find jobs in their own country. If anyone is in this country illegally,especially if they are involved in an ongoing criminal enterprise,they should leave this on their own free will,or they should be arrested and deported. Period.

    April 7, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • AL

      I don't understand why she wouldn't go for citizenship in order to "open-doors" for herself.......that seems like an easy method to avoid not being able to get a job as an illegal immigrant.

      April 7, 2012 at 9:21 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        FOR CITIZENSHIP ????WE HAVE 50 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS , THEIR JOBS GOT OUTSOURCE TO CHINA.......DO WE NEED MORE PEOPLE ?????NO..THEY SHOULD BE DEPORTED..THE JOB THAT SHE WILL BE TAKING , SHOULD GO TO A U.S. CITIZEN..

        April 7, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • magyart

        Young adults that were brought here as children can't legalize their status without going home and getting in line. Upon their eighteenth birthday they have a decsion to make. Stay here illegally or go home and legally apply for citizenship. The wait at home could be years, Especially if they are uneducated and/or unskilled. The federal govt. will not help them legalize their status without going home. The govt. doesn't want to encouradge illegal entry. Unfortunately, so many people come here illegally, the govt. has failed in it's duty to secure our borders and enforce immigration laws.

        April 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Byron

      Strongly Agree !!

      April 7, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • migeli

      We stole the land from Mexico now they're coming back.Get over it and stop whining.They are probably more usefull to this country than the whining complaining trailer trash racists on this post.Educate yourselves and you might find something useful to do.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:18 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        .. TRAILER TRASH ???? I BEEN TO MEXICO , ALL THEY GOT IS TRASH DOWN THERE....NO GARBAGE PICK UP-NO SEWER –NO RUNNING WATER--TRASH ALL OVER THE PLACE....MEXICANS SHOULD STAY IN MEXICO AND FIX UP YOUR COUNTRY....YOU COME TO OUR COUNTRY TO TRASH IT ...LOOK AT EAST L.A. A TRASH DUMP.. WE DO NOT WANT MORE MEXICANS IN AMERICA..

        April 7, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  59. Kyllya

    Some of you people are such fear and hate mongers. This girl knows very little about her home country due to the fact that her PARENTS brought her to the United States at eight years of age. The United States is the only country she really knows. The obviously works hard and studies hard. She will provide for herself and be a productive member of society. It doesn't matter that her PARENTS drug her over the border as a child. What is everyone so afraid of?

    April 7, 2012 at 5:12 am |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      HER PARENT BROUGHT HER TO AMERICA ILLEGALLY ...THEY BROKE OUR LAWS.. NOT TO MENTION I.D. THEFT IN ORDER TO GET A JOB...STEALING OTHER PEOPLE'S I.D. IS CRIMINAL--USING FAKE I.D. IS CRIMINAL...

      April 7, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  60. Hello

    does that include on how to get a fake SS number or not pay taxes...? and NOT get caught?
    how to avoid e-Verify and take jobs from AMERICANS.

    yeah... lets just call the illegal justice. shall we...

    April 7, 2012 at 4:21 am |
    • The6thsense

      Most illegal immigrants pay taxes even with a fake SS number. What are you complaining about. What are you afraid of? That some immigrant can do better job than you do and you loose yours

      April 7, 2012 at 8:02 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT LOVE ILLEGALS ARE BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ARE GETTING VERY RICH BY USING SLAVE WORKERS .....BUT WHEN AN ILLEGAL GET SICK-–HAVE BABIES-–WHO PAYS ???TAX PAYERS DO, NOT THE BUSINESS THAT THEY WORK FOR....THEY WALK IN ANY E.R. AND GET FREE HOSPITAL CARE.....BUSINESSES ARE GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER.

        April 7, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • "Jo-say" can you see...our country falling apart

      They don't just use fake SSN's. I work for Social Services, and we get a lot of "New Hire Reports" for kids on our caseloads, and the people working under those SSN's are usually Hispanic, based on the names. Nothing is ever done about it either. We can tell the kids' parents, but will Social Security or the government do anything about it? Nope. By the way, before all you reverse racist idiots out there start thinking that I'm racist, consider this...My wife is Mexican (U.S. Born), and my kids are half Mexican and half German.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:22 am |
      • REVERSE RACISM DISCLAIMER

        So you put up a disclaimer so that we don't call you a racist? Then you tell us your wife and kids are Mexican and that you are German. Do you not see how you come across? You still come across as racist, even more so bacuse your wife and kids are Mexican. You give anyone who wants to call you a racist nazi the perfect excuse to do so because you are German. And worse, you don't have the common sense to sit this one out and not open your mouth, out of respect for your wife and your kids.

        April 7, 2012 at 10:33 am |
      • Jo-say you're so right

        I guess "Reverse Racism Disclaimer" proved a point. Just because you're German, you're automatically a Nazi. The problem is, people don't need an excuse to call you a Nazi if you're German. In fact, it's okay that they say that. She missed your point about the social security numbers I guess, but it's a good point, if it is in fact happening. The government should be crackiing down on that stuff.

        April 7, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        OBAMA STOPPED GOING AFTER THE ILLEGALS, WHY ?? THE HISPANIC VOTES..DOES OBAMA CARE THAT THEY ARE STEALING U.S. CITIZENS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS ?? NO...WHY WE MUST VOTE FOR MID RODNEY...

        April 7, 2012 at 11:14 am |
      • Jo-say you're so wrong.

        You and your enablers know that you will be called out as racists and bigots the minute you make this about race. By using a gimmicky user name like "Jo-say" you discredit whatever validity your arguments against illegal immigration had. Why? Because you taint them with a racist slur and because you target a specific enthic group (Hispanics). You claim to be of German origin. The other comment here against you did not call you a Nazi. She explained to you that you leave yourself wide open to be called a Nazi. The second blogger missed this point and then proceded to back your point, but said nothing about your other comments (nothing about the racial slur you used, and nothing about your family being Mexican). Furthermore, illegal immigrants are German, too. In Hollywood, a German illegal immigrant started over 50 fires in anger over his mother being deported.

        April 7, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Really???

      Even if we ALL wrote letters asking to have her deported our government will not do it, nor will they allow any state to do so either. I would lay a bet that she votes!

      April 7, 2012 at 10:42 am |
      • SPREADING MISINFORMATION TO PROMOTE HATE WON'T MAKE YOU A BETTER CHRISTIAN

        What evidence do you have that she votes? You are spreading misinformation and you are trying to assasinate her character. Please read your Bible and help your fellow human beings. Be compassionate. God is watching us and he does not like it when we mistreat each other.

        April 7, 2012 at 10:46 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        OBAMA IS PRO ILLEGALS, HE GOT RELATIVES WHO ARE IN AMERICA ILLEGALLY....WAITING FOR THE SUPREME COURT RULING ON THE ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAWS..I'M SURE THE SUPREME COURT WILL RULE IN FAVOR OF ARIZONA.. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT-OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT DOING THE JOB, SO THE SUPREME COURT WILL ALLOW STATES TO DEPORT THE ILLEGALS..CAN'T WAIT.

        April 7, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      AMERICANS BETTER WAKE UP...WE MUST PROTECT THE JOBS THAT WE HAVE FOR OUR KIDS...WE ARE GIVING ALL OUR JOBS TO FOREIGNERS ....WAKE UP AMERICA...

      April 7, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  61. Dan Rightcross

    The comments here reflects something that is unspoken. Americans are afraid that they are being displaced by immigrants. They fail to see the bigger picture. Immigrants have actually not only enriched the culture, but has allowed the US to keep its lead in the global economy. By providing a dynamic, secure and safe environment for some of the brightest minds on earth, creativity has flourished. Please do some research and you will find that many of the leading edge technology that the US is proud of actually came from immigrants to this country. I am not an immigrant but my line of work has allowed me to view things from both a US and international perspective. I agree that illegal activities should never be allowed. Its about time, laws are amended so that the spirit of the law is followed. Immigration law is badly in need of a revamp.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:26 am |
  62. Daniel

    LETS MAKE IT QUICKY !!! WHY ILEGALS DONT GO BACK TO THEIR COUNTRY AND TRY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY ?? I AM SURE IF THEY DO HAVE THE ABILITHY TO GET A DEGREE, THEY MUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET THEIR COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK... US IS A LAWFUL COUNTRY... IT IS OBVIOUS THAT IF ILEGAL GET THE CITIZENSHIP THEY WILL START HAVING RIGHT SUCH AS VOTING AND OF COURSE THEY WILL WANT TO VOTE FOR LIGHT ACTS THAT WILL APPROVE ILEGAL IMMIGRATION AND OPENED THE BORDER... AMERICA WAKE UP... I WORKED FOR A IMMIGRATION FIRM IN MEXICO AND LET ME TELL U... MEXICO IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS A JOKE. THEY EVEN HAVE PROGRAMS THAT IF SOMEONE HAVE BEEN ILEGAL EVEN FOR 15 OR MORE YEARS, THEY ONLY PAY LESS THAN 200 USD FINE... NO INVESTIGATION GOING ON AND THERE U GO, U ARE LEGAL IN MEXICO...

    April 7, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • Daniel

      AMERICA WELCOMES LEGAL ALIENS...

      As the best country in the world think about how many people work their fingers to the bone to come to America legally....

      April 7, 2012 at 2:25 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        AMERICA DO NOT WELCOME THEM..WE HAVE 50 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF WORK...MANY WORKING PART-TIME JOBS THAT DO NOT PAY A LIVING WAGE....AMERICA DO NOT NEED MORE PEOPLE...THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT WANT MORE SLAVE WORKERS ARE THE BUSINESS OWNERS..

        April 7, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • la loba loca

      illegal are the borders that cut through people and history. white pilgrims descendant of EUROPEAN illegal occupiers of the territory now referred to as US ... GO BACK TO EUROPE or the cave you all came from. and all the brainwashed folx of color, DECOLONIZE YOUR MIND cause sucking in the white dick leaves you as soulless and ugly as the white people aka ILLEGAL OCCUPIERS aka IMMIGRANTS...

      April 7, 2012 at 2:50 am |
      • "Jo-say" can you see...our country falling apart

        So, from what I can gather from you inane rambling, (feel free to look up any words your dumb *ss doesn't know), you have tried sucking white d*cks? Did you swallow too? By the way, this land was not a country when the Europeans came. You can ask any native American, and I'll bet they tell you that their people never considered the land theirs...they belonged to the land, not the other way around. So, based on that, did we really steal their land??

        April 7, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Hello

      be cause their countries do not have a free for all welfare system...like we do... they feel we AMERICANS owe them... and so does our government.. those that live off the back of others... like illegals and government (elected) workers are not really any different. they zuck off society.... and feel WE TAX payers own them ....
      That is why the US is dieing.... we are being zucked dry.....

      April 7, 2012 at 4:25 am |
  63. lothirielda

    I'm glad to see in these comments that not all Americans are what the world thinks them to be. I guess small-town mentality is an issue all over the place, but it's still such a shame. People are valuable for what they contribute to a community, and I would hate to have some of these commenters as next door neighbors. If she has what it takes, brains and force of will, then congratulations are in order, more so for trying to help others however she knows best. And you know you wouldn't do the jobs that illegal inmigrants get, that's the way it is everywhere. An inmigrant is by default someone who leaves his home behind in search of a better future for his family, someone who knows that they'll have rough times to get through and that they'll get nothing for free. And that there will be people with legal status that will take advantage of them and look down on them because of where they were born. If the governments from the last 30 years really wanted the illegal inmigration to stop, believe me that it already would have.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  64. midasgem

    These educated people are looking for work and starting businesses. In return are paying taxes and even creating jobs. A college grad myself most stupid lazy people do nothing but complain.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:55 am |
    • Hello

      only a very small percentage are doing this.. most just live off welfare and add more to the welfare system, not doing anything but living off of us.... illegals need to go.. we have immigration laws that MUST be respected and followed.. no exceptions..
      if American citizens must obey the laws on our country so should illegals... and LEAVE.

      being illegal does not give you a right to break our laws....

      April 7, 2012 at 4:32 am |
      • Lori

        Criminal are the legal citizen who hire these hard working illegal immigrants,(at bellow minimum wages) don't pay taxes to the USA government, but they do take the taxes from the poor illegal worker paycheck. These emigrants do not use welfare because they are not qualified being illegal. Schools and universities which are where the well educated people work, have decide to help people who deserve it. You come across as a very closed minded uneducated person. Please educate yourself before you give your racist opinion.

        If the farmers here in the USA would not rely on the immigrants the price of fruits and vegetables would be triple the price we all enjoy. !! Iliana Guadalupe Perez is just another American girl. Just like most of us citizens, she came from immigrant parents, grandparents or great great-grandparets. The only difference is that the immigrations laws have changed over the decates. That is all !! save your idiotic comments they reflect badly on us Americans who are mostly nice people who can see the difference on uneducated people and the ones who actually go out to get better that what you have become.

        April 7, 2012 at 6:24 am |
  65. the truth

    Let's look at what occurred
    1) their parents broke the law
    2) their parents decided to force states to allow them in-state tuition
    3) Illegals use affirmative action to kick out qualified individuals
    4) illegals then take jobs that could go go legal americans/immigrants
    5) give the monkey back to mexico
    6) screw the US

    Conclusion, illegals need more rights and more power than legals.

    i mean that's what you should tell your kids. Break the law and you will succeed.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • Lori

      Education in theh USA is available for whoever want to take it. The government and most colleges will provide financial help in the form of scholarships, grants or loans at minimum interest rates. Unfortunately not all of our american kids value education, but immigrants do give a lot of value to education and instill that to their children.

      Whether you are chinese, american or from any place in the world you will succeed if you work hard and most companies will hire the most educated or smart person who can generate profits. If the job o scholarship didn't go to the American and another better qualified immigrant got it is just the way should be. This does not have anything to do about nationality.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:35 am |
      • AL

        Nothing to do with nationality no. but as an illegal getting financial aid and low interest rates to go to school, what incentive do they have to pay those loans back....since they do not have US government ID/SSI/birth cert. they can ignore payments, default on loans, contribute to the decline of the economy?
        If they want to show they value education, they should educate themselves about our country and gain citizenship, no free rides.

        April 7, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • RACISM WILL NOT MAKE YOU A BETTER CHRISTIAN

      'The Truth" You posted "give the monkey back to Mexico." I find this comment obcenely reprehensible. I must call you out on it. Your comment is full of bigotry. Please don't be so ugly towards another human being. Read your Bible, be kind, be compassionate. I will pray for you to see that calling someone a monkey and advocating for them to be turned over to the country of their parents is not what Jesus Christ would have behaved. Please don't be so ugly.

      April 7, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  66. teresa

    dads advice : "My father has always told me look for solutions instead of the problems." NO matter what laws you have to break , no matter who has to PAY for it, no matter what.... Think of self first and eff all the others.... Do I got it right?

    April 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  67. migeli

    Stop crying like a teaparty goof and mind your own business.The Mexicans are returning to the land we stole from them and the native Americans.You're lucky to be here so give someone else a chance–bigot.

    April 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • Hello

      and just where did they get that stupid language spanish from.? NOT FROM AMERICANS...

      April 7, 2012 at 4:34 am |
      • Lori

        Sorry to correct you but Spanish is not a stupid language. It is actually much more complex and beautiful than your brain could comprehend

        April 7, 2012 at 6:38 am |
      • Lori

        It came from Europe a country called Spain. I can tell you probably don't know much about anything, history or geography for that matter so I won't wast my time explaining to you.

        April 7, 2012 at 6:40 am |
  68. ILIANA GUADALUPE PEREZ YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL TO OUR CHILDREN

    Iliana Guadalupe Perez. I admire your courage and your intellect. You are a role model to our children. I will share your story with my students so that they may be as inspired by it as I am. Gracias.

    April 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  69. Loyal Northern Democrat

    It is always good to see criminals beating the system.

    April 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • Lori

      Criminal are the legal citizen who hire these hard working illegal immigrants,(at bellow minimum wages) don't pay taxes to the USA government, but they do take the taxes from the poor illegal worker paycheck.
      If the farmers here in the USA would not rely on the immigrants the price of fruits and vegetables would be triple the price we all enjoy. !! Iliana Guadalupe Perez is just another American girl. Just like most of all you citizens, she came from immigrant parents, grandparents or great-grandparets. The only difference is that the immigrations laws have changed over the decates. That is all !! save your idiotic comments they reflect badly on Americans who are mostly nice people

      April 7, 2012 at 6:13 am |
  70. Loyal Northern Democrat

    Hey! I recognize her from a show in Nevo Laredo!

    April 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  71. Ted

    everyone who says she has taken the spot of a legal resident from attending a university are complete idiots, and a disgrace to the human population... Universities are now accepting more foreign exchange students who want to attend schools in the US. because 90% of the time they pay cash.. Same goes for any student that is illegal and goes to a university in the US.. They pay cash, out of their pockets. The fed Gov does not provide aid to illegal students, or foreign students. There are independent scholarship associations that do give out cash, but you have to have a top of the line GPA to get those.. meaning you need a good brain. Something a lot of these posters lack..
    so to end this.. If you want to criticize an individual for their achievements and willingness to succeed. at least provide a coherent argument that is equivalent to a community college degree, otherwise just read the article and move along.

    Oh I forgot, maybe a trip to lady liberty will help you in Immigration history since it appears some you don't know anything.

    April 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • maureen

      Ted I think you mean Ellis Island.

      April 6, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  72. maureen

    How can you say she hasnt taken anything from anyone. She used my taxes to study, she took a plave in svhool away from a US student, and now she encourages other illegals to take jobs away from Americans.

    April 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Hello

      and you can bet she will apply for food stamps, free housing and medical care too...
      in her little book on how to zuck off American Tax payers.

      Every paycheck i have a huge amount of my money stolen from me by the government...what do I get.. the knowledge that illegals are not paying anything and living of me. When I go to the doc I have to use my high dollar insurance and get only minimal assistance from my insurance .They can go to the doc and get it all FREE...
      My citizenship is worthless. and they know it.. thats why they do not want to be citizens but illegals because they can get what I pay top dollar for... for FREE....because they do not have to follow our laws because they are not citizens.

      Our government is a traitor to the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

      April 7, 2012 at 4:42 am |
    • Lori

      American students have plenty of spaces and places to go to any college they wish. The problem is they are not taking advantage of it. For your information Illegal immigrants do not get any help from the government they don't qualify. So your taxes are safe from illegal students but somehow they manage to get and education. They deserve recognition and wish them luck in finding a job!!

      April 7, 2012 at 6:49 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        WRONG, THAT STUDENT TOOK A SPOT THAT A U.S. CITIZEN COULD OF TAKING.....YOU SAID THAT U.S. CITIZENS ARE NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF GOING TO COLLEGE ? WRONG AGAIN....U.S. ARE GOING TO COLLEGE, MANY ARE NOT, BUT MOST ARE GOING TO COLLEGE.....ILLEGALS DO GET HELP FROM THE TAX PAYERS...JUST LIKE THEY GET FREE HOSPITAL CARE-FREE WELFARE-FREE SCHOOLING FOR THEIR KIDS...AND THEY DO NOT NEED ANY TYPE OF I.D. TO GET THOSE FREE THINGS...

        April 7, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  73. Ana Maria

    It is a slap on the face to people that legally come to this country, one has medical records that one is healthy, statements that one is not going to be an economical burden, etc, etc,
    This criminal.because that is what she is, writtes on how to break laws in this country and gets away with it, a Sheriff, States that try to make the laws of the country are sued by the Federal Goverment. that I thought , naive that I am were elected to serve AMERICANS, and not Mexicans.
    I am glad that many companies are asking for birth certificates or passports or green card when hiring.
    This November we need to elected people that serve Americans and not other countries.
    This girl, went to school, University thanks to my Taxes, while my kids even with excellent grades could not get financail aid of any kind.
    It is a disgrace and CNN makes sure to give free publicity.

    April 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Tachoman

      Calm down lady!
      She studied with scholarships and probably did better at school than your kids anyway.
      She hasn't taken anything from you I am certain and her parents have worked their hides off to provide for her like any other might.
      The fable that they take from you or anyone is an overused argument that's easily taken down when you see how many economic mistakes the republicans and democrats have done in tha past 20 years not to mention that two very costly wars didn't help either.

      April 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
      • Hello

        she took the scholarship money that should have gone to AMERICANS .. I am sure her country has colleges, so why can't she get an education there? because she would rather be a criminal and steal from us.

        April 7, 2012 at 4:46 am |
    • AL

      Could not agree with you more. She and others like her disgrace the hard working immigrants who follow laws to come legally, gain citizenship, and give their children better lives; not leach off of a society that tries to help everyone.

      April 7, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • PiousPawn

      financial aid does not factor in grades, its all about how much money you make.....

      April 7, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  74. Prometheus

    Why doesnt the picture show her cleaning a motel 6?

    April 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Tachoman

      Because unlike you, she studied and actually found a sollution to a complex issue.
      By the way, you left the room at the motel like a mess, start looking a different line of work please.

      April 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • migeli

      Because you're in there doing things to yourself.

      April 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
  75. maureen

    So instead of being deported she will probably be honored in a White House ceremony.

    April 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  76. RaptorMan

    How is this woman not in prison?
    They should take her degree and feed it to the void.
    At least use the government to try and hurt her family.

    April 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  77. Tom Johnston

    I hope that she succeeds in finding a job, after she returns to her home country. Then she can write a book about immigrating to the USA legally. Although, I doubt that it would have much of a market south of the border.

    April 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  78. Texian

    She may as well write books because her PhD is of no use for legally obtaining a job unless she is using a stolen Social Security # to obtain employment.

    April 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      THEY COUNTY ON OBAMA TO GIVE THEM AMNESTY....I HOPE GOP KEEP CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND I'M SURE THEY WILL....NO AMNESTY-NO DREAM ACT...

      April 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
      • Tachoman

        Go to school Jose and learn how to write again, please.
        Better yet, hire this lady and see how much smarter she is than you and the average republican.

        April 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
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  80. NO ILLEGALS

    the headline shoud read
    ILLEGAL ALIEN who should be deported....

    April 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      I AGREE..OBAMA HALTED DEPORTING ILLEGALS, HOPING TO GET THE HISPANIC VOTES.. OBAMA ALSO TIED THE HANDS OF ICE......

      April 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
      • Ana Maria

        "Hispanic vote"do not exist, we are not sheep. we are not a race, we are individuals with our values and ethic. I ;like many iwell educated , came legally, I went to University paid by my parents.
        Many people that speak Spanish are conservatives, that are fed up with the abuse of the system not only by Mexicans but Irish, Romanians, Russians, Pakistanis and Chinese that in NY are the largets minority etc that are here illegally.

        April 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Cuauhtemoc

      THEN YOU SHOULD DEPORT YOURSELF, MEXICANS ARE INDIGENOUS TO THIS LAND, UNLESS YOUR ONE, OR ARE OF NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTRY, GET TO KICKING ROCKS!!!

      April 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
      • MaStER sHakE

        Not correct. America was invented for whites, by whites. Enjoy not having electricity or a car, cus guess what? whites made all those things too.

        April 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • Hello

      all illegals should be deported to Washington DC..since the government freeloaders they want them, let them feed them there...

      April 7, 2012 at 4:48 am |
  81. Aae

    I am ashamed that my university did not give her spot to an equally hard working legal citizen.

    April 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      I AGREE. I'M SURE SHE TOOK A SPOT FROM A LEGAL U.S. CITIZEN.

      April 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  82. HmasonCA

    Ok – couple things so we can all get to the nut of all this. First, it's not a racial argument. Illegal immigrants are from all countries. Mexicans just seem to want to make it about race, which it's not. My friends is from Italy and she is illegal, which she will readily admit. So mexicans – chill out. You are not the only ones coming to America illegally. And white rich liberals – chill out. All white people are not rich and spoiled. I'm white, grew up very poor and my brother has worked many menial jobs which some illegals beat him out to get paid less. So all these lovely stereotypes don't apply. BUT the bottom line is that the system doesn't help anyone. It doesn't help for the US to have a massively difficult system to get citizenship. It should be easier so we can get access to foreign talent and access to taxes. It is also horrible to create a system which encourages businesses and individuals to pay slave labor to those coming to the country illegally. That creates all sorts of wrongs. But it's not about race, mexicans or all white people being rich with pools and gardens and not able to do menial labor. Those stereotypes will not help any of us, so let's stop all of that – shall we? Or the politicians will continue to pander to our inability to understand the nuances of the issue.

    April 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • MaStER sHakE

      Looks shes not white, i dunno why cnn even did a story on her.
      Its like they want whites to feel shamed, as you do.

      April 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  83. jk

    And Mexicans wonder why nobody respects them?

    April 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Cuauhtemoc

      jk, you seemed to be under the dillusional impression that Mexicans care what you or anybody thinks of them, they came here to the U.S. to make a better life for themselves and their families, just as your ancestors did, they didnt come here for a popularity contest!! Mexicans are indigenous of this land, so if your not Native American, you are ILLEGAL!!

      April 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  84. Derp

    I wonder if the guide includes instructions on how to travel 'abroad' to their country of legal citizenship and then apply for legal USA citizenship? I'm not trolling, seriously, why wouldn't this be a viable plan?

    April 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • MSR

      In order to obtain residency, the immigrant must have a relative (parent, child over 21, brother or sister, or spouse) in the US who is already a Legal Permanent Resident or Citizen to apply for them. In the majority of cases, there is a 10+ year wait for the visa (up to 20 years in the cases of siblings applying for each other). Additionally, if the person entered without inspection, there is a ten year bar once they depart the US to their home country to wait, making the entire process anywhere from 10 years to 30 years.

      There are also ways of obtaining residency via employers, but those are difficult as well.

      Bottom line: it's not as simple as many believe.

      April 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • Greg

        Who cares what the process is, or how long it takes to become a citizen of this great country. There's a reason for the long drawn out process, and if you don't like it too damn bad. What it comes down to is this, every time the liberal media runs one of these "feel-good" stories about an illegal graduating college, you can bet your next paycheck (if you earn one) that one or more talented American students who would have liked to go to college got kicked to the curb in favor of an illegal! Especially in California!

        April 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
      • Ruppert

        I still do not get why you keep moaning. If some one wants to study and succeed in life, In a personal thought, I would do anything to attend to college no matter what. The argument that illegals take our jobs and our scholarships is just mediocre.

        April 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • wisearth

      Seriously Derp? You don't know your own country. It is impossible that she goes to her country, applies to US citizenship and re-enters the US. I have a BSc, PhD and post-doctoral degrees from top US Universities, lived in the states close to 20 years, have many publications under my belt, I'm very well respected in my field, have spent thousands of dollars in immigration lawyers (never been illegal in the States and I am in my home country doing something not really related to my science degree now), know more history and geography of the US than the average american joe and still doubt if I ever will be able to have US citizenship. Just the mere visit to your US embassy is close to a humiliating act by the way they treat people requesting US visas.

      April 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Irving

      Particularly because you need a lot of money. Or a lot of time. The system is not that easy unless you can foot the bill upfront, which most mexicans can't. I don't agree with illegal immigration, but I do think these kids that graduated should be given citizenship with their diploma, why isn't that a viable option?

      April 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • SoCal

        The person who created this "guide" has plenty of money to pursue her Doctorate – so obviously money isn't an issue in chasing citizenship, is it? Or is that more of our tax dollars hard at work? Personally, I'm sick of all of the excuses generated by liberals on how or why or just 'whaaaa' regarding an illegal immigrant becoming a legal immigrant. If she has time to write a guide on how to milk the system as an illegal, she has time to consult an immigration attorney and plead her case.

        April 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Eddy

      Who wants to throw away a decade of their life to wait to come back to the country they call their home?

      April 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      CONSIDERING VOLUNTEERING WITH A GROUP TO HELP SECURE THE TAXES–ARIZONA BORDER.....WE GOT TO STOP THE FLOW OF ILLEGALS..OUR GOVERNMENT–OBAMA–DEMOCRATS ARE NOT DOING THE JOB.....IS UP TO THE CITIZENS TO VOLUNTEER.....BUT I NEED AN ATV VEHICLE TO PATROL THE MILES AND MILES OF UNSECURED BORDER..

      April 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • MaStER sHakE

      troll!

      April 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Tachoman

      Because the U.S. immigrationsystem can take up to ten years to allow anyone, regardless of their education or status, to legally immigrate to the country.
      No one who needs to provide for their family has that long to do so legally.
      You want to right a problem? Fing the origins of it.

      April 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  85. X=the Unknown

    My question is, is how did she become a student with a fake SS Number? that is the real question. if she is getting loans and grants. she should be treated like the rest of us. that is Illegal and dishonest.

    Second, Job wise. I was told yesterday by a store clerk that he quit college to find work, and ended up finding only a part time job. now he cant pay the Loans off and he cant find the Money to go back to school. in my state there is no such thing as Student housing. if there is, its only for the young. that means for us older people, we do not have much of a way to go back to college/university once we quit.
    as for the job advise, I do not agree. we all know that you do not just go and get a job like a lot of people think.

    April 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      ILLEGALS ARE CRIMINALS-TO WORK THEY USE STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS-OR FAKE I.D.'S WHICH IS CRIMINAL..

      April 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  86. Ruppert

    @linda Gusch

    So,you are saying that 11 million of "illegals" have more impact than 309 million? (taking the fact that the US has 320 million people) that is the most mediocre argument i have ever herd.

    April 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      ILLEGALS GET BETTER REPRESENTATION BY DEMOCRATS THAN AMERICANS DO.......LOOK WHAT OBAMA IS DOING , GOING AFTER ARIZONA-ALABAMA-AND OTHER STATES WHO WANT THE ILLEGALS OUT OF THEIR STATES...OBAMA IS NOW GOING AFTER JOE ARPAIO, THE SHERIFF FROM ARIZONA......U.S. CITIZENS DO NOT HAVE THAT REPRESENTATION.....

      April 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  87. John Smith

    Amazing and inspiring. This country needs more people like her.

    April 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  88. American Dreamer

    You're doing great things! Haters are going to hate. Representing as a public intellectual in the community! You go this! Si se puede!

    ¡Adelante, Dra. Pérez!

    April 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      TO MEXICANS ANYONE WHO FAVOR DEPORTATION ARE HATEFUL AND BIGOTS...IS OUR COUNTRY, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEPORT ALL THE ILLEGALS...ILLEGALS ARE INVADING OUR COUNTRY, WE GOT TO STOP THE FLOW OF ILLEGALS, IF WE DON'T ? WE ARE DOOMED.

      April 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
      • Cuauhtemoc

        BOO FREAKING HOO, JOSE I GUESS YOU'LL HAVE TO STEP YOUR GAME UP TO COMPETE WITH MEXICANS, AYE JOSE, "ADAPT AND OVERCOME," ISNT THAT WHAT THE MARINES TEACH YOU? LOL, IM GUESSING YOUR FAMILY IS NATIVE AMERICAN, WITH ALL THE HATE RHETORIC,!!

        April 6, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
      • Zman

        Jose,

        Dude! Slow your roll! Lay off the CAPS button! Leaning heavy on the CAPS button does not make you come across any smarter. You are irrational and unrealistic! You have no real hope of ever being part of any real change because you are too extreme which makes you sound ignorant! In addition, quit using USMC after your LATINO name because the contridiction and the irony of it all is not doing you and your lame argument any favors! Not to mention, you're making all us service members look bad! It's also making you look insecure of your looks heritage JOSE! I recomend using real facts if you want put your self out there like this JOSE! Although, I do understand that you finally got a platform from where you can yell your ignorance. That's the beauty of freedom of speach which I respect. But, just because you can put your extremist rehteric out there, doesn't mean you should JOSE! Oh yeah, you do have a Latino name JOSE or do you want me to call you Joe? This makes me wonder about you Joe?! Why do you hate others so much? It's not difficult to see you have much work to do within your own anger filled world you currently reside in instead of taking on Immigration Reform. Are illegal immigrants taking so much from you that you can't afford an off-road vehicle to execute your anti-immigrant delusions with?! Really?! Quit asking for free stuff JOSE! You sound pathetic! Oh, and by the way...Just because you were in the Marines, does NOT make you Rambo! Do yourself a favor JOSE and take a bottle of water when you venture out into that desert to hunt for your namesakes! We don't want you to get hurt and waste tax payer money by having the authorities go out to rescue you from you! While you are out there, make sure you carry a valid ID JOSE! You don't want one of your fellow "border gaurdians" to confues you for an "illegal". That would be horrible for your insecurities!

        April 7, 2012 at 2:50 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        RETIRED FEDERAL WORKER..I'M 57 AND RETIRED.

        April 8, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      WHY CAN'T MEXICANS STAY IN MEXICO AND MAKE MEXICO WORK FOR YOU ?? COWARDS BY LEAVING YOUR COUNTRY TO RUIN OURS COUNTRY..

      April 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  89. Ruppert

    Well, Let me see. If an "illegal" immigrant uses a fake SSN and generates taxes ( he is not going to be able to claim them by the way) Isn't that person paying taxes to? and where that money goes then? The US has 320 million of people, where 11 of them are "illegal", so you are telling me that 11 million are stronger than 309 million? PLEASE that is the most mediocre argument I ever herd. They gain the money here they spend the money here so the money stays here!!! They buy cars, houses, computers etc therefore they DO PAY TAXES!!! By the way if you look into history, the main reason why Texas declared the independence from Mexico, it was because the Mexican Govt. (from those days) asked the White immigrants to pay taxes, of course this ones refused to do so and declared Independence from Mexico.

    April 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      MOST ILLEGALS GET PAY IN CASH.....

      April 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  90. Oscar Ray Castillo

    Nice! She's doing big things and I applaud her! Let her reap the benefits of U.S.A. I will be buying her book. We are slowly taking over what belonged to us. Nothing or no one will stop us from achieving the AMERICAN DREAM. 🙂

    April 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • DREAM15X

      Both sets of my grandparents earned the right to be in this country through the immigration legal system, it should have to be that way for everyone. In the case of 'taking back what is yours' well in the course of history many countries have been overthrown so perhaps you might give that another thought, does not belong to you. Furthermore if you look back at history the Native Americans are the original Americans. As far as I am concerned this country should not completely close the doors to immigrants, too many people from other countries need to leave due to civil unrest, however just because of certain countries are so near to America should not be given special treatment or allowances. Just ask the people in Sudan, or Syria who beg to come here legally.

      April 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
      • Cuauhtemoc

        IF YOU READ UP ON HISTORY DREAM15X, THEN YOU WOULD KNOW MEXICANS ARE NATIVE TO THIS LAND, READ UP ON THE MEXICA (AZTECS) AND THE MAYAS, AND QUIT DREAMING!!

        April 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      I WON'T...

      April 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  91. Ray

    It should be a fairly short treatise:
    Take your American degree, go back to your country, make use of your degree there.

    CNN is clearly pushing an agenda with these 'race' posts. You can bet you're not going to see a post talking about all the white kids denied entry to major universities because affirmative action is only action for non-whites. Sickening.

    April 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  92. HmasonCA

    Agree that it's not helpful to show someone who got away with illegally entering the country and will now reap benefits of the education here. Regardless of anything that's said – it's simple math. A country cannot exist giving out more benefits to people who don't pay taxes into the system. It is unsustainable. HOWEVER, I also think that our country seriously needs to upgrade the immigration system so it's easier to become legal. The USA could make some money here AND get folks who are hard workers into the country AND get more taxes. The system currently doesn't help anyone. It needs to be changed. Bottom line – we need to get some of this gal's taxes from her income. Paying 25-30% for mine when someone else pays 0% – means they reap a 30% income gain over us. That's just flat not cool.

    April 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Chuck

      I agree with you, but in the mean time deportation is unfair since she did not choose to come here.

      April 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • Linda Gusch

        She may not have chosen to come here, but HER parents chose to come here illegally and brought her along for the ride. She is still and illegal alien.

        Where did she get the money to go all the way through college, to a doctoral program? How many US citizens did she displace by her presence in American colleges? How many US citizens did she steal scholarship money from to attend college here?

        Illegal immigrants should not be rewarded for their crimes. Period. She can take her US education and go back to Mexico, and use her degree there. Case Closed.

        April 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
      • SoCal

        But she is not choosing to become a legal citizen either. She wants the rewards without putting out the effort.

        April 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
      • Chuck

        Linda,

        So you should just punish every child who sees their parent murder someone and doesn't tell because that's conspiracy and it's illegal.

        April 9, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Ken Roth

      how do you know that illegals don't pay taxes? if they have a false social security number, they do in fact pay taxes and never get a return on that investment. instead, you do. I don't get the argument. two, the jobs afforded illegals are ones that you and almost all other americans would take, either because of the back-breaking work or the meager salary. these are jobs americans won't do but still need to be done: picking fruit, making up hotel rooms, cleaning your pool and garden, mowing your lawn. any benefit that they get for participating in a "shadow economy" is far overshadowed by what they lose in the transaction. those that hire illegals can pay them far less than the legal minimum wage so those owners/capitalists also are breaking the law, and if we want to get economic about this, there is no supply unless there is a demand. finally, if you're making $10/hour and paying taxes and an illegal is making $4/hour and not paying taxes, you're still getting the better deal. and then finally, what's so illegal about crossing a piece of ground to another piece of ground in order to feed yourself and your family? it's just a weak argument. get a copy of the film A without mexicans and get a glimpse of how broken our system would be if people from south of the border, illegal or no, were not part of our economy.

      April 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
      • Ken Roth

        jobs: you and other americans WOULDN'T TAKE...

        April 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
      • Ken Roth

        ...get a copy of the film A DAY without mexicans...

        April 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • Kaceek

        Get a real clue, none of what you say is true. She is nothing but a parasitic, service sucking illegal criminal who has been stealing from this country for years. As they all do.

        April 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  93. Sofia

    Here's a solution – BECOME A FREAKING CITIZEN! Stop using American tax money to get your education. Am I the only one who's bothered that all our money is going to help illegal immigrants, instead of american citizens??

    April 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Chuck

      I am not. If we are still functioning I feel good that I am paying taxes to help others. I do find a problem with the system and how hard it is to become legal and I also find a problem with deporting them. To deport someone that came as a child is unfair for it was not their choice.

      April 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  94. L.A

    GREAT GREAT JOB... This book will help many many successful students. LOVE IT...

    April 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  95. wcb2009

    Her father's advice, "look for sollutions not problems", should not be interprated as, "skirt the law when it gets in your way". WHich is apparently what here father did when he came into this country illegally.

    It's sad that such a successful student should be held back by her parent's bad choices.

    The solution to her current problem is to start the long legal immigration process and become a legal resident of this country.

    April 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  96. Private

    You'all are just mad because an inmigrant young lady got a degree and you still addicted to government help. Shame on you because all you care is about yourself, what have you done for this country to make it better? But inmigrants, most of them after all, wake up earlier than your grandma to go and work the grounds, have you done that ? DONT THINK SO because you are so fat laying in your couch critizising every one that do something positive for their lives. Now tell me if you are so against people that violate the law, why dont you go to the police station and tell the name and address of drug dealers that work near your communities? If you are so mad because they studied and did something with your "taxes money" why dont you go aftrer every UNITED STATES BORN criminal that sells drug or steal or worse kills for a price? Exactly, you will not cause you just want to step into enybody that does better with their life than what you will ever do... and by the way I am AN AMERICAN that was born here..

    April 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • angryed

      I am not dependent on the govt for any hand outs....quite the reverse, the govt seems intent on taking ever more of the money I earn and giving it to illegal aliens.....your logic seems a little fuzzy, you must be an Obama supporter

      April 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Z

      @ Private... If she has no job and her parent obviously cannot afford to pay her tuition, how did she pay for her education??? I worked and went to school fulltime and borrowed and paid out of pocket for my education. It must be nice to pay nothing into a system that provides so much for her. We as a nation need to reform out immigration laws to streamline the process. California pays BILLIONS for the education, housing, healthcare of illegal immigrants. I have no problem with people coming from other counties and working hard for a better life, just stand in line, pay your taxes and stay out of trouble like everyone.

      April 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Greg

      Sounds like YOU need to borrow some of this young illegal criminal's brains. You sound like you should be living in mexico not her. Either way, I say too bad so sad, if the only job you can get with your overrated degrees because you are an illegal criminal is a McJob, oh well. Nothing you illegals do is of benefit to any legal citizen of this country, on the contrary you are a detriment.

      April 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Dave

      Private,
      If you have a list of drug dealers, thieves and killers laying around your desk, I recommend sending the list to law enforcement. Last time I checked, they still go after US born criminals too.

      April 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  97. JOSE0311USMC

    CRIMINALS GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER..HOW IS SH GOING TO GET A JOB WITHOUT A SOCIAL SECURITY ???

    April 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • verotruth

      read the book and find out.

      April 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  98. Candace Jones

    Well ...Sheldon's got a pretty good point, and from a HONEST prospective of which America lacks these days. But, on the other hand its a great idea. One question though? "Can an illegal immigrant receive government funds to attend school? And then reap the monetary benefits of publishing work in America?

    April 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  99. Phil in Oregon

    Am I the only one who doesn't like the idea of this girl having a PhD that was probably paid for with my tax dollars? Here's what the illegals should do with their college degrees. Go back to Mexico and fix that system.

    April 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      I AGREE.

      April 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Oregon Graduate

      Can we keep her – smart, educated, hardworking – and deport you. I think that's a much better deal. We get value and lose dead weight.

      April 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        HOW ABOUT DEPORTING YOU OREGON ???

        April 7, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Chuck

      So you want to deport someone because they came over as a child? You know here father made that choice right? You know she's trying to do the best with the hand she was dealt right? And you know to her America is her homeland and she knows very little about living in Mexico right? And your worried about tax dollars? I pay taxes too, and I am on no government aid, I probably make less money than you too... Why do I not care?

      April 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
      • Dave

        Chuck,
        She's working on a PhD and doesn't know about Mexico? Get real. She knows she doesn't want to be there helping her home nation become a better place. Put that degree to use in Mexico. Worked well for their last President.

        April 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL....

        April 7, 2012 at 10:39 am |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL...THEY SHOULD BE DEPORTED.

        April 7, 2012 at 10:40 am |
      • Chuck

        Dave,
        You missed the point. She knows where Mexico is, she knows what Mexico is but I bet she doesn't know too much more than the average PhD candidate knows about Mexico. That means she does not know about life there, she has never lived there, she has never been emersed in their culture, and she has no ties there. No friends, no close family, she will be alone in a foreign place.

        April 9, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Ken Roth

      phil: phds are usually paid for with tax dollars especially if you're an exceptional student and this young lady would have to be the latter since she was admitted to the claremont colleges, some of the most selective colleges on the west coast. and even if public money supported her, she deserves supporting, just like you would deserve supporting if you achieved what she has against the odds in which he achieved it. so, no, I don't think we're bothered that she's getting a phd and as I've pointed out elsewhere in this thread, state contributions for education are FAR BELOW what students pay for tuition. most federal funding, what little there is, usually comes in the forms of loans and cannot be considered support, really, since you pay it back, often with interest accruing while you're in school. finally, I find it absolutely amazing that you're get all wrapped our the axle about a young woman who is achieving against substantial odds, yet you could be aiming your vitriol at real welfare scofflaws like the too big to fail banks which took trillions of public dollars and will cost you more in your lifetime than one million successful illegal students like this one.

      April 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
      • Ken Roth

        phds are usually NOT paid for by public funds...

        April 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
      • GoDucks73

        Ken Roth, leave the US while you still can, I hope someone will remove you with extreme prejudice

        April 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  100. Sheldon Lockhart

    Why am I not surprised that CNN is praising a lawbreaker for publishing a book to help others to break the law?? Why not a story about someone publishing a book about how to hack a computer or rob a bank??

    April 6, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Chuck

      Why not punish children for their parents transgressions? Oh wait that's what we already do and that's what you are arguing for.... Shame on you

      April 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
      • Lori

        Chuck are you Apache or from any native american tribe? if not, then you should be punished too!! (for your ancestors transgression)

        April 7, 2012 at 6:52 am |
      • Chuck

        Lori... If you read what I said you will realize that my response was in response to someone else. It was sarcasm.

        April 9, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • Ken Roth

      sheldon: those other books are already in print and they are SOLD for profit. this young woman is providing information for free. remember, capitalism has no morality: it sets a price for everything and knows the value of nothing. if you want to fix illegal immigration, fix capitalism first and you'd be on your way to doing something that really mattered.

      April 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
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