It is tough. We are a Nation of laws and they need to be respected. Yet, we as a
country like to reward people who have worked hard and done well, especially in
school. There are no scholarships in his legal country?
The hypocrisy of these letters is breathtaking.You must obey the
law, they solemnly intone. Sorry that it upsets you, seeing that you came here
when you were six, but you can just return to Mexico and maybe become president
someday. Um...OK. But what about the cheering for Cliven Bundy
(before he put his foot in his mouth)? What about respecting the decision of a
duly appointed judge who ruled that Amendment 3 was unconstitutional? We are a nation of laws, all right. And lots of readers think they should be
able to pick and choose which ones get enforced.
Regardless of the outcome, Jardon is already advantaged due to his HS education
he may not have received in his home country. He likely would be a great asset
in his native land. He may even end up being that country's president. He
would certainly be eligible for that honor. It would require some sacrifice,
though. As for a US taxpayer funded higher education, I hope he realizes his
ineligibility shouldn't stop him from seeking outcomes he is eligible for.
@ sanpaco. "If he's really lived here this long, applying for
citizenship shouldn't be that difficult." You do NOT understand
immigration law. It's not a matter of not trying hard enough. The law
intentionally bars most of the people in Jardon's situtation from doing
anything to get in to a legal status. It's ignorant things like that which
people believe that mucks up any progress in dealing with our immigration
crisis. It's time to wake up to reality: millions of foreigners live here
who have too strong of family ties who will not leave unless forcibly
deported...and deporting them all (whose money are we going to use?) and
separating them from their families (that's not humane) is NOT the answer.
@ RichardBYou're really going to compare a child who was brought here
when he was 6 years old, who has gone on to be a good student and great kid to
your "friend" in high school who committed a felony? Really?!And as for the "expedited" visa... I'm guessing you don't
have a lot of experience with our current (broken) immigration system. If you
were, you would know what a ridiculous solution you're proposing.
“He’s an amazing kid. He’s going to figure out his future on
his own,” Hirschi said. “I’m just trying to help finance it
for him. He earned this scholarship by his grades, by his ACT. It’s
unfortunate the circumstances of the laws.”And sadly, giving
money to him could get her in hot water as well. Might want to get some legal
advice first before handing over your wallet. Even buying them a bus pass is
something I've been advised is dangerous to do as Homeland Security can
come after you for it in the end.
Many of you commenters have no idea how difficult this applying from another
country works! Years of waiting . Yes, their parents came here illegally so
they could get work and feed their children. Have a heart.....or not! Sure hope this hardworking smart kid gets a break!
With all the information provided by the D-news if we had an operating
immigration agency they would be picking up the parents and sending them back,
then he could do some study abroad. What a broken system we live in, where laws
are really more like suggestions or guidelines.
He should return the scholarship since he is not eligible for it. Let it go to a
citizen that is eligible.
@CWEBIf he is your birth son, he should be eligible for citizenship,
unless you came here and gained yours, or he is not your biological child, in
which case he should be able to get a green card (if under 21, at 21 he must
return to the end of the line- Supreme court ruling. I would talk to the
scholarship committee and see if it can be delayed until he gets his green card.
Since it is a state scholarship, wouldn't he need citizenship?
With over a million green cards a year, and 3 million visas, it's
understandable that they are backlogged. Look how long our veterans have to wait
for a hospital?
Maybe the USA should change the law? Maybe the smartest and most accomplished
students from anywhere in the world should get US scholarships if they are the
best even if US citizens don't? In NC there are private monies available to
those students here illegally, but those here on Green Cards don't get
anything, except the work study.
WHY would someone apply for a scholarship they weren't eligible for?There are thousands of scholarships out there that my daughter
doesn't quality for (union scholarships, minority scholarships,
underprivileged, etc.) but the scholarships are geared towards a particular
interest group.In this case us (the taxpayers)have passed a law that
says you MUST be a CITIZEN of this country to get this scholarship.What's wrong with that? Afterall its' us (the taxpayers)who are
paying for the education!
Scholarships given to citizens should not be given to non-citizens. Blame the
scholarship committee for making this mess. He can get a green card,
he needs to apply just like everyone else, and since we now let in extended
families, which create a huge backlog, it's going to take time. If we
return to immediate families, like we use to, then the lines will be much
shorter. I had a friend in high school that broke the law, and was
charged with a felony, he could not accept his scholarship either. This is one
of Obama's messes for allowing young people to stay here and work. Without
the deferment he could go home before 18.5 and come back on a student visa
@ DN Subscriber"But, we must never reward anyone who breaks our
laws."This young man was 6 year old when he came to the country.
Are you really saying he "broke our laws"? He was 6 years old! I'm
guessing he didn't have much say in the matter.
Well said DN subscriber, well said.Now, the question I have is this.
I'm somewhat confused at what the college is trying to do for this young
man. The statement about 'work-study' brings up the question as to why
an illegal alien student would be given preference over a citizen for
work-study.Both need assistance...Just sayin'...
"If he's really lived here this long, applying for citizenship
shouldn't be that difficult."Sanpaco, it doesn't
matter how long you've lived in the US. As the law stands, he has
absolutely no chance of getting citizenship. He doesn't even have a change
of getting a Green Card. That's the whole point of the story.That's the whole point of the Dream Act or broader immigration reform.
I salute Jardon for his great attitude and hard work and academic success. He
rightly can be very proud of that.However, he should have had a
civics class along the way, and learned that in the United States, we are a
nation of laws, and he should have known (especially since he already got a two
year reprieve) that he was here illegally. Yes, it was his parents who brought
him here, and have kept him here, knowingly violating our laws.I
urge him to return to his parents' homeland and emigrate here legally. He
can be a good U.S. citizen someday.But, we must never reward anyone
who breaks our laws.Otherwise, why discriminate against Utahns who
drive too fast, rob banks, or cheat on taxes? Our laws apply to everyone, or no
one. Immigration laws apply to everyone wanting to come here, or to no one.This is not a problem that Jardon created, he is a victim, but the
oppressors are his parents who made bad decisions, not the people who control
Parents and the business that hires them are not thinking about the children,
and the position they put them in. You can't make exceptions
for one, without including all of them. And with parents sending their children
here alone, we have to wake up to the humanitarian crisis our lack of
enforcement is causing.
What would Jesus do?
Its unfortunate for him but this is the right call. If he wants to receive
federal aid, he needs to be a citizen. If he's really lived here this long,
applying for citizenship shouldn't be that difficult. I have a coworker who
recently went through the process and it took about a year or less to go through
the process and a lot of that time was because of the government shut down.
Unfortunately this story will probably be used as another one of those arguments
that because one person is negatively affected by the law that means it needs to
YEP...Our son (I'm natural born US citizen) my wife was not--won Sterling
Scholar to go to UVU, and they would not allow him to have the scholarship after
going through the entire process and winning. Same reason. He is here legally,
but still waiting a green card. This disqualified him. Really knocked the wind
from his sails. Sad we can't resolve these situations, and as is the case
so often, so many voice their opinions without ever walking in the shoes of
those they so easily dismiss and unworthy or judge so harshly for being here
illegally, when in fact, the government, as in most things, has created a vacuum
to bring illegals here, then leaves them hanging off a cliff.