Tell Texas Legislators: Keep In-State Tuition!
If anti-immigrant Texas legislators get their way, I won’t be able to complete my education. My name is Maria Gonzalez-Treviño, and I am an undocumented honors student attending the University of Houston. I hope to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Political Science by May 2018 and my ultimate dream is to go to law school and become an immigration attorney to help immigrants in my community. Unfortunately for me and thousands of students across Texas, our dreams might be crushed by the end of the legislative session. I will fight against these bills and similar ones because I see many other undocumented students’ stories as a reflection of my own. Let’s be clear; these bills are an attack on our ability to pay the in-state tuition rate at Texas colleges. As a first generation college student, I struggled to adapt to the college environment. Doubling or tripling tuition fees would only make college even more inaccessible for many of us. Everyone should have access to an education regardless of their skin color, religious beliefs or immigration status. We have the power to make sure that undocumented students like myself keep dreaming and achieving their educational and professional aspirations. If enough Texans sign this petition and share our stories, Texas legislators will see that we mean business when it comes to protecting everyone’s right to an education and allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. The more we speak up, the more pressure they will feel to stop playing political games with our education. Don’t they know by now? You don’t mess with Texas Dreamers.
Stop the Deportation of Prescott, Arizona Father!
Jesus has a wife and two kids, ages 9 and 2, waiting for him at home in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Jesus is a compassionate and generous member of the community. Jesus has Q fever which means deportation would effectively be sending him to his death. We do not believe he would have the access to medication he needs. Also, Jesus has the fear of being persecuted by the Mexican police if he is deported. In 2014, Jesus was a victim of police brutality in Mexico. Jesus fears returning to Mexico, being targeted by the police, and not being able to survive another attack. Please share this petition link widely so that we can get hundreds of signatures and help Jesus receive the proper medical treatment and avoid deportation to police state violence! This campaign was brought to you in partnership between Freedom Education Fund and United We Dream. Freedom Education Fund is a full-ride scholarship for students who are undocumented at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. FEF is a collaborative organizing campaign and platform for migrant justice and education equity. We have received national media attention and are the recipients of the 2015 Tom Pettit Social Justice Award. United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.
Grassroots Campaigns Powered by United We Dream
#HereToStay Campaigns are grassroots campaigns powered by immigrants, people of color, and allies determined to to reject Trump’s hate and continue honoring and celebrating immigrant and refugee resilience and defiance by creating:
- Undocu-friendly classrooms and educators
- Changing your school/campus to sanctuary and/or
- Demanding and supporting a Local Campaign for Sanctuary city