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Silvia Leavitt

Hace un par de dias atras, fue muy dificil el ver que la ley propuesta HB7 esta en camino a la Camara de Representantes y que el sueno de "los estudios universitarios" puede llegar a ser una cosa del pasado para muchos de nuestros jovens Latinos.

El representante Jim Ferrin, R-Orem, dijo "Odio esta ley; odio este tema." Por supuesto hay muchas personas que odian esta ley; lo que esta ley hace es satisfacer algunas personas celosas de otros estados que no pueden aceptar que algunos inmigrantes vayan a la universidad y paguen menos dinero por educacion que ellos.

Si esta ley es aprobada no hara ninguna cosa buena para los estudiantes que viven afuera del estado; ellos seguir n todav a pagando la misma cantidad pero, para los estudiantes imigrantes que est n considerando continuar con su educaci n, esto les har cambiar de planes. Todos los esfuerzos de miles de maestros y voluntarios que han estado construyendo el sueno de una vida mejor, en este ni o, a traves de conseguir una educacion superior, rapidamente son perdidos como agua en un desaguadero.

Se con todo el corazon que no solo maestros y voluntarios obtienen una bofetada en la cara con esta ley, pero tambi n todos los administradores y todos los miembros de la comunidad y centenares de agencias que trabajan con nuestros ninos para proporcionar la mejor educacion y la motivacion para un mejor futuro. Como manejaremos esta situacion, si esta le yes aprobada ? Les vamos a decir a los ninos todos los beneficios maravillosos de una educaci n superior despues de la Preparatoria y luego, les explicaremos que debido a su estatus ellos tienen que pagar como si vinieran de otro estado a estudiar al estado de Utah? Actualmente, nuestros jovenes no califican para ningun prestamo o beca estatal o federal y es muy duro debera conseguir los fondos para ir a la universidad ya teniendo la registraci n y cuotas bajas como residentes del estado.

Son menos de doscientos estudiantes los que han sido reportados matriculados en colegios de la comunidad y en un par de Universidades; nosotros sabemos que no es facil para nada! Muchos padres tienen que obtener un trabajo extra para ayudar a su jovenes y los estudiantes tienen que trabajar tambien para sostenerse.

Me pregunto como se veria esta ley si la miraramos bajo la luz de la filosofia de "No dejemos a ningun nino atras." Cual es el mensaje que queremos dar a las escuelas, los maestros y los voluntarios? A traves de "No dejemos a ningun nino atras" recibimos el mensaje que nuestros esfuerzos y enfoque se deben poner en cada uno de nuestros estudiantes sin importar la religion, el idioma, ni el estatus imigratorio.

Me pregunto como Jesus manejaria esta situacion. Si se pararia en la entrada de Universidades y Colegios, y pediria la tarjeta verde? Les diria a nuestros jovenes "Se que has estudiado muy duro por muchos anos en la escuela primaria, escuela media y en la preparatoria pero porque tus padres te trajeron aqui y ellos lo hicieron ilegalmente, tu pagaras mas si quieres tener estudios universitarios! O quiza el contestaria como lo hizo a los Fariseos que quisieron matar la mujer que fue hayada en adulterio; en aquellos tiempos, la ley ordenaba que ella debia ser apedreada a muerte. Ellos lo preguntaron que debian hacer. El les dijo, "El que esta sin pecado entre ustedes tire la primera piedra. De uno en uno, ellos se fueron siendo condenados por su propia conciencia."

Quizas El hubiera dicho: "El que piensa que educacion no es buena en la vida de un joven que lance la primera piedra." O en este caso apoye la ley HB7. Quiero invitarle a contactar sus Senadores y a Representantes y hacerles saber a ellos que esta ley no es necesaria, ya es suficiente dificil obtener una educacion.

Estoy al 513-0900 o al sleavitt.

Saving low tuition for our youth

It was very hard to see, a couple days ago, that the bill H.B. 7 is on its way to the House of Representatives and that the dream of a college education may become a thing of the past for many of our Latino children.

Rep. Jim Ferrin, R-Orem, said, "I hate this bill; I hate this issue." Of course there are many people who hate this bill; what this bill does is satisfy some jealous out-of-state people who can’t stand the fact that some immigrants may go to college paying less money in tuition than them.

If this bill passes, it will not do anything for the out-of-state student — he or she will still keep paying the same amount — but for those immigrant students who were considering furthering their education, things will change. All the efforts of thousands of teachers and volunteers, who have been instilling the dream of a better life in these children, by pursuing higher education, are flushed down the drain.

I know with all my heart that not only teachers and volunteers get a slap in the face with this bill, but also all the administrators and all the members of the community and hundreds of agencies that work with our children to provide the best education and motivation for a better future.

How will we be able to handle this situation if this bill passes? Are we going to tell the children all the wonderful benefits of an education beyond high school and then explain that because of their status, they have to pay out-of-state tuition in the state of Utah?

As it is, our young people don’t qualify for any state or federal loans or grants and it is very hard to come up with the funds to go to college even with low tuition as residents. Fewer than 200 students are reported to be enrolled in community colleges and a couple of universities and we know that it’s not easy. Many parents have to get an extra job to help their child and the student also has to work to support himself.

I wonder how this bill would look under the light of the "No Child Left Behind" philosophy. What is the message that we want to give to our schools, teachers and volunteers? Through "No Child Left Behind," we are receiving the message that our efforts and focus should be put on each of our students, regardless of race, religion, language or immigration status.

I wonder how Jesus would handle this situation. If he was standing at the entrance of universities and colleges, would he ask for a green card? Would he say to our young people "I know you have been studying hard for many years in elementary, middle, and high school, but because your parents brought you here — and they are at fault — you will pay more if you want to have a college education?"

Or maybe he might answer like he did to the Pharisees that wanted to kill the woman that was accused of adultery; in those days, the law commanded that she should be stoned to death. They asked him what they should do. He said unto them, "He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her." One by one they left, convicted by their own conscience.

He might instead have said, "He who thinks education is not good in a child’s life, cast the first stone" or, in this case, support bill H.B. 7. I want to invite you to contact your senators and representatives and let them know that this bill is not necessary — it’s already hard enough to get an education.

I’m at 513-0900 or at sleavitt.


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