Friday, February 15, 2013

Our Pacific Northwest: An Unexpected Face Makes His Case For Citizenship

Our Pacific Northwest

An Unexpected Face Makes His Case For Citizenship

Among the millions of undocumented immigrants in this country are the faces of friends and colleagues we’d never expect, as was the case for the UC Berkeley Math Club. The San Jose Mercury News has reported today that Terrence Park, math club president and bio-statistics student at UC Berkeley, came out to his fellow students about being an undocumented citizen. According to the report, Park arrived in California with his family from South Korea at the age of 10 on temporary visas, which expired. His coming out is part of “The Dream is Now” campaign, an advocacy group captained by Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs. The report mentioned Park is one of dozens of students around the state and being video tapped in order to persuade Americans to develop a pathway to citizenship. Park told the Mercury News if the Dream Act passes, he plans on continuing his graduate education at either Brown or Yale University. Empirical commends Terrence for his pioneering courage, and for revealing one of the millions of faces of the undocumented in our Pacific Northwest.

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