Undocumented immigrant elected Student Body President at Fresno State

Picture Courtesy of Fresno State via The Fresno Bee/AP

An anonymous student at Fresno State University outed student body President Pedro Ramirez – revealing that Mr. Ramirez is an illegal immigrant the day after the state supreme court ruled that illegal immigrants could claim in-state tuition, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

That’s right.  Ramirez is a Dream Teamer.  He is one of thousands of young people who came here as a child, in his case at the age of three, grew up here, graduated from our schools and is now in college.

Ramirez can legally serve as President of Fresno State.  But he had to give up the $9,000 stipend.  And of course the Republicans are losing their minds over this, including a student named Cole Rojewski, who also ran for Student Body President but lost to Ramirez.

Ramirez told the L.A. Times that “In a way, I’m relieved.  I don’t want to be a liability or cost the school donations. I never really thought this was going to happen. But now that it’s out there, I finally feel ready to say ‘Yes, it’s me. I’m one of the thousands.’ ”

Ramirez is a political science major from Tulare, CA.

Kudos to Ramirez.  This should serve as further impetus for the U.S. Congress to pass the Dream Act, giving great young people like Ramirez a pathway to U.S. citizenship.

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