High school students speak out for more opportunity

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Young people spoke out at the state Capitol Tuesday to support the Dream Act, legislation to increase the opportunity to get a college education.

Some 1,000 students met with legislators to support the proposal to allow young people who have graduated from Minnesota high schools the opportunity to attend universities and colleges in the state at the resident tuition rate – regardless of their citizenship status.

In particular, the legislation will help children of undocumented immigrants who have been raised in Minnesota, supporters said.

In addition to speaking with lawmakers, young people also connected with one another to address institutional barriers that prevent immigrant and Latino youth from going to college.

At a rally on the Capitol steps, they chanted, “1, 2, 3, 4 we don’t want to mop the floor. 5, 6, 7, 8, we deserve to graduate.” They carried signs with the names of their schools and left graduation caps with stenciled signs at the offices of lawmakers.

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