Illegal Immigrant Student Interned At California State Capitol

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The new "coming out."
Coming out of the closet as gay is so circa 1999. Now it's all about coming out as an illegal immigrant.

Everyone is doing it: Fresno State University student body president Pedro Ramirez came out as illegal last year. Last month, former Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas fascinated New York Times readers with the news that he's been an illegal immigrant all along, even while winning his Pulitzer Prize.

Now it comes out that illegal immigrants have not only succeeded on college campuses and in newsrooms, but in the very seat of California's power: The state Capitol. Today, MSNBC published a piece on "Sergio," an illegal immigrant who has interned for California State Assemblymen Tony Mendoza and Marty Block.
The piece gave Sergio anonymity (we only know he's a student at San Diego State) in return for the scoop on his internships in Sacramento.

Sergio said he had revealed his status to the staffers in Mendoza's office, but kept it a secret while working as an intern at Block's office in July. Still, both assemblymembers told MSNBC that they were fine with it. "These individuals deserve the right to be employed in our country," Mendoza said. Block skirted over the issue of undocumented office hands, just saying internships are "a part of preparing our next generation for a role in politics and exposing them to what happens behind the scenes of government."

Both of Sergio's internships were funded by private nonprofit organizations, the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project and the Equality California Institute. Sergio said that the Equality California internship didn't ask for information on his citizenship status. Both organizations could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. 

Kathy Gin, the executive director of Educators for Fair Consideration, a San Francisco-based organization that advocates for opportunities for immigrant students, told SF Weekly she hasn't heard of undocumented students working in government.

"I do know a lot of undocumented students would love these jobs, and are often teased about being fascinated by U.S. politics but not even being able to vote," Gin wrote in an e-mail.

Sergio had a response to that, too. He said that though he can't vote in the United States, he can make an even more directly impact policy through working for lawmakers: "I was actually advising the member on how to vote on certain things by collecting information, by analyzing bills, by doing things that other people are not able to do."

So who's the next to "come out?"

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Homecoming
Homecoming

Everyone came from somewhere.  I don't expect Ireland or England to just let me move back and take over land that once belonged to my ancestors.   Your argument to justify your illegal activity will only come back to haunt you, when someone does it to you.

Fight Propaganda
Fight Propaganda

Amazing how the anti-immigrant loonies keep using the "illegal alien" card when the US was founded on the illegal invasion of this land by Europeans.

Eddie Aguirre
Eddie Aguirre

Wait, what?  No hate talk about illegal immigrants being lazy, uneducated and poor?  Oh, but this is an illegal immigrant that has made more of his life than the majority of legal citizens in this country.  When you can't talk badly about these peoples life choices just hate them for being born in another country. 

"Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" unless they're gonna still our jobs!" 

Sadgirl
Sadgirl

Just goes to show how secure our country is.  Who knows how many other questionable folks are involved in our government.  Perhaps a few terrorists?

fran cisco
fran cisco

citizen of the world!WE DIDN'T CROSS THE BORDERS, THEY CROSSED US!!our ancestors roamed usa for millions of years.. the prophesy 

Mike DeArmond
Mike DeArmond

He said that though he can't vote in the United States, he can make an even more directly impact policy through working for lawmakers: "I was actually advising the member on how to vote on certain things by collecting information, by analyzing bills, by doing things that other people are not able to do."

So we now have illegal aliens directly influencing US Policy and Lawmakers....Prerna Lal is right we should be afraid !! Pitchforks and torches afraid!

Jess
Jess

Wasting money trying to sent hardworking/educated "illegal" immigrant is a lose-lose situation for the U.S.

Bob
Bob

Personally I believe that if you can graduate from high school you are likely smarter than 50% of the people born here anyway so it ought to be an automatic process to grant citizenship to those people!

Prerna Lal
Prerna Lal

Yeah, an undocumented student interned at the state Capitol. We also intern in Congress. We are everywhere. Be very afraid.

Fearless
Fearless

"Fathom the odd hypocrisy that the government wants every citizen to prove that they are insured ... but people don't have to prove they are citizens."  -- Ben Stein

Kinda fits today doesn't it...

randyfleming
randyfleming

Illegal immigrant!?..Isn't that supposed to be 'undocumented Democrat' instead ?.. Decorum , man!

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