JORGE RAMOS DONATES MONEY TO BENEFIT FUTURE DREAM ACT BENEFICIARIES AND CALLS UPON OTHERS TO DO THE SAME
Award-winning author, newscaster, and columnist Jorge Ramos has donated
$20,000 of his personal funds to support scholarships for future
beneficiaries of the DREAM Act, proposed federal legislation that would
provide a path to citizenship to thousands of undocumented students who
have grown up in the United States. The scholarships will be
administered by Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC), a San
Francisco-based non-profit that provides direct support and advocacy for
low-income immigrant students who do not yet have legal residency or
"The failure of Congress, both Democrats and
Republicans, to pass the DREAM Act or any other meaningful immigration
reform this year has deeply saddened me," says Mr. Ramos. “I am
determined to help these talented young immigrants move forward with
their lives, despite the obstacles beyond their control."
The proposed DREAM Act would allow undocumented students who arrived in
the US before age 16, have been in the country for at least five years,
and have a high school or equivalent degree, to apply for permanent
residence after completing at least two years of college or military
service. While the DREAM Act provides a path towards legalization, it
does not solve the financial obstacles faced by undocumented students;
it does not permit these students to be eligible for federal financial
aid, such as Pell grants, work study, and loans.
There remains real hope that Congress will enact the DREAM Act during the current lame-duck session. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has promised to bring the DREAM Act to a vote in the Senate shortly after Congress returns from its Thanksgiving break, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that she would also like to see a vote on the DREAM Act. President Obama recently made a strong commitment to work “hand in glove” with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to enact the DREAM Act this year.
Mr. Ramos came to the United States as a student in 1983. “As an immigrant myself, I feel it is my duty to speak out and help other immigrants, especially those who believe in higher education as a way to advance themselves. I encourage other individuals and companies to join me in supporting these talented students so they can contribute meaningfully to this country.”
About Jorge Ramos
Jorge Ramos has been the anchorman for Noticiero Univision since 1986. Ramos also hosts "Al Punto" (Univision's Sunday morning political and public affairs program) and writes a weekly column for The New York Times Syndicate. He has won 8 Emmy awards and the Maria Moors Cabot award from the University of Columbia. He is the author of ten books. His most recent book is "A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto" (Vintage/Random House).
About Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
E4FC’s mission is to help immigrant students realize the American dream of college and citizenship. E4FC provides direct support and advocacy for low-income immigrant students who have grown up in the United States but face challenges due to financial need and immigration status. Mr. Ramos’ donation will support E4FC's New American Scholars Program, which offers financial awards, advisory services, and a peer support network to immigrant college students. Scholars are selected for their academic excellence, financial need, and community impact.