by Diane Marcum
Campus officials say Pedro Ramirez, who came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 3, has not violated any school rules, and declined the $9,000 stipend because of his immigration status. Critics call for his resignation.
Reporting from Fresno — November 18, 2010 - Los Angeles Times
The parents of popular Cal State Fresno Student Body President Pedro Ramirez always talked a lot about el sueño Americano — the American Dream.
He was to study hard, get good grades and claim the prize, but it wasn't until that night in their kitchen when the high school valedictorian was filling out university applications that they told him a missing detail — he wasn't a United States citizen. He was born in Mexico. He came to this country when he was 3 years old.
Now, an anonymous tip to the college newspaper has forced Ramirez to publicly expose his secret and has put this son of a maid and a restaurant worker into the thick of a debate on immigration and education that has reached a boiling point in recent weeks. Some have called for his resignation while others have rallied to his defense...more