One 2012 Pebblebrook grad shares his dreams and story of being an undocumented student in Georgia.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kiri Walton
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
There wasn’t a face in the van that looked familiar. He was riding to a place he’d never heard of surrounded by people he’d never seen before, and Rolando Zenteno began to panic. He was 7 and he began to cry. “Where’s my mom?” he asked in Spanish. It was 2001, and Rolando’s mother had been told to return to Mexico at one point during the nine-hour trip by border officials, Rolando said. He was asleep when she slipped away. “Imagine you’re 7 years old, and your mom’s not there, and you don’t know what’s going on,” Rolando said. “It was hell. I was practically traumatized. I didn’t know what was going on.” A woman in the van tried to soothe Rolando, telling him that his mother was at the store and would return in a couple of hours. After …
Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says the state Senate should reject a ban of access to higher education for undocumented students.
From Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials: Matters concerning the prosperity and future of our State and those concerning children should be absolutely void of political theatrics. Unfortunately, some Georgia legislators have opted for political theatrics by supporting SB 458, Georgia's anti-DREAM Act, a legislative initiative that would ban access to higher education to all undocumented students at all public colleges and universities. This is a bill that solves nothing and will cause many serious problems. SB 458 will result in the bullying and intimidation of Georgia's most precious resource: our children, specifically immigrant youth. Currently, undocumented students in Georgia are …