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News :: Education : Human Rights
Immigrant Youth Tour Massachusetts for In-State Tuition Rates
13 Apr 2005

For Immediate Release Contact: Ali Noorani
(617) 350-5480 ext. 201 (617) 835-1402 (cell)
Michele Rudy (617) 350-5480 ext. 206

April 11, 2005

Immigrant Youth Tour Massachusetts for In-State Tuition Rates

Boston, MA – From April 15, 2005 to April 21, 2005 immigrant youth will travel across Massachusetts on the United We Dream Tour to raise public awareness and support for state and federal legislation that would provide access for immigrant students to achieve their dreams of a college education. The tour will stop at 10 locations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and include artwork created by immigrant youth, student speakers and local leaders.

Students are traveling across Massachusetts in order to gain support for the In-State Tuition Bill and DREAM Act. These bills would make available in-state college tuition to students who have lived in Massachusetts for a number of years, regardless of immigration status. The federal legislation (DREAM Act) would also provide them with an opportunity to legalize their immigration status. The state bill (H-1230), will allow high achieving students who have attended high school in Massachusetts for at least 3 years, and graduated from a Massachusetts high school, to access a higher education at in-state tuition rates – the same rates any resident of Massachusetts would pay.

April 15, 2005
9:30 -10:30 AM in Wellesley, MA
Library Atrium, Mass Bay Community College
50 Oakland Street, Wellesley
Contact: Mary Becotte, (781) 239-3124

6:00 - 9:00 PM in Fitchburg, MA
3 Pyramids, 66 Day Street, Fitchburg
Contact: Sergio Paez, Twin Cities Latino Coalition, (978) 534-7700 ext.315

April 16, 2005

7:30 – 9:00 PM in Framingham, MA
Powerpoint - New Life Presbyterian Church, 73 Union Ave.
Contact: Heloiza Castellana, Desafio (508) 620-4963 ext.1452

April 17, 2005
6:00 – 8:00 PM in Providence, RI
English For Action, Rm. 604, Atlantic Mills, 122 Manton Ave.
Contact: Josselyn Velasquez, English For Action (401) 421-3181

April 19, 2005
8:30 - 9:30 in Barnstable, MA
Tilden Arts Center Lobby, Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyanough Road, West Barnstable
Contact: President Kathy Schatzberg (508) 362 - 2131 ext. 4300

1:00-2:30 PM in Worcester, MA
Worcester State College, Room TBA
Contact: Kirsh Donis, Latino Education Institute, (508) 798 – 6507

6:00 – 7:30 PM in Lawrence, MA
Lawrence Community Works, 60 Island Street
Contact: Jessica Filion, Movement City (978) 683-9393

April 20, 2005
1:00 - 2:00 PM Lynn, MA
Room T-102, MBTA Building
Corner of Broad and Market Streets, across the street from the Lynn Campus of North Shore Community College
Contact: Pat Wolfe, Educational Talent Search Program (781) 477-2115

5:00 – 7:00 PM in Lowell, MA
United Teen Equality Center, 144 Merrimack Street
Contact: Maanav Thakore, UTEC (978) 441- 9949

April 21, 2005
11:00 AM in Boston, MA

Press Conference
The State House, location TBA, Boston

“The United We Dream Tour is about immigrant youth taking their lives and their futures into their own hands,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. “That high achieving, hard working immigrant youth are willing to travel the state – forgoing their spring break – to advocate for this legislation highlights the importance of this bill, and their desire to improve Massachusetts.”

The tour is organized by the Task Force on Immigrant Access to Higher Education whose members include the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Centro Presente, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, Irish Immigration Center, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Brazilian Immigrant Center, and Tekiah- A Jewish Call To Action.

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Re: Immigrant Youth Tour Massachusetts for In-State Tuition Rates
13 Apr 2005
Unless I am wrong, and if I am, I'm sure I'll be corrected, this bill would grant in-state tuition to illegal aliens as well as legal immigrants. This is absolutely outrageous. For every illegal alien that is granted admission to a Massachusetts state college, there will be one legal Massachusetts resident who is denied admission and taxpayers would be paying the bill. Unless a person is in this country legally, he or she should not provided the benefits of citizenship. There are plenty of people who are here legally from other countries. They are the ones who played by the rules and therefore should be the only immigrants who benefit from the protections and privileges that this country provides.
Re: Immigrant Youth Tour Massachusetts for In-State Tuition Rates
13 Apr 2005

it grants in-state tuition to youth who have been living in the States over 3 years and have graduate from high school (many of them arrived here as children with their parents) and have graduated from college. The state doesn't pay the bill. The students do. And they have to follow exactly the same admissions guidelines as everyone else. And they can't apply for financial aid, mind you, because they are not US citizens (yet).

Other states have already approved such a law include New York, California, Texas and Utah, because they realize that the economic profits to be reaped from an educated youth work-force (as opposed to youth who are uneducated and remain in the fringes of society) are enormous. Another 14 states are considering a similar law.

Many universities welcome this law because they have empty seats in their classrooms. I really don't think that all 30 plus universities in MA are full to capacity.
Re: Immigrant Youth Tour Massachusetts for In-State Tuition Rates
13 Apr 2005
what, there are ALIENS AMONG US

aaaiiiieee, alert the press, alert the president
Re: Immigrant Youth Tour Massachusetts for In-State Tuition Rates
14 Apr 2005
You're arguing with yourself sid.

You must be a very sad and lonely old man. Due to your politics, the grand majority of the world is disgusted by you. damn, sux to be you.
Re: Immigrant Youth Tour Massachusetts for In-State Tuition Rates
14 Apr 2005
The illegal immigrants here in the United States are a big thorn in my side.