Dreamers Work To Be Able To Access Financial Aid For College

Lucas Codognolla and Junior Sierra outside the governor’s office in May Photo credit: CTnewsjunkie.com

Lucas Codognolla and Junior Sierra outside the governor’s office in May
Photo credit: CTnewsjunkie.com

 

After a year-long lobbying effort, undocumented students were able to convince some lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that they should have access to financial aid.

These students, or “Dreamers,” are the children of undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children and attended Connecticut’s public schools, but through no fault of their own are in the country illegally.

They won the right to pay in-state tuition rates in 2011, but cost remained a factor for many.

“Even with in-state tuition, we saw that a lot of undocumented students were still not going to …

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Latina With Connecticut Ties Holds Key Postion In The White House

 wh -2White House receptionist Katz-Hernandez

In the West Wing of the White House, Leah Katz-Hernandez communicates with the first couple in a way that few others, even the president’s most trusted advisers, ever do.

Katz-Hernandez, who is deaf, is the new receptionist of the United States, or what those in Washington like to abbreviate as ROTUS (a play on POTUS – president of the United States). She grew bicoastal, raised by a Jewish mother and a Mexican-American father in Connecticut, frequently visiting her father’s family in California.

After working in the Chicago headquarters of Obama’s re-election campaign, she moved to Washington, D.C., and was hired as an assistant in the first …

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