Victim: Higher Education

By: John Ryan
Victims of Illegal Immigration – A Collection of Essays
Hat Tip: Dick Manasseri

At the Campus Progress 2010 conference in Washington, D.C., David Cho took the stage to proclaim that he is an illegal alien. The UCLA student complained that, even though he had gone through the California educational system (no doubt at significant taxpayer expense), he has difficulties finding jobs due to his “status,” which he feels is “discriminatory.”

“We now have SB 1070 brewing in Arizona, a state that’s sweltering under the heat of oppression, and we now live in a society which restricts young children and students solely on the basis of their status,” he asserted.

Although Cho proudly announced he is “undocumented” and listed the jobs he and his Korean family work illegally, no federal agents showed up to arrest him, nor is there any sign that legal action will be taken to restrain him from continuing to break the law. One can easily imagine this would not be the case had an American citizen boasted, “I don’t pay my taxes” or “I drive without a license” or “I sell marijuana for a living” or any other announcement of ongoing law violation. Rather than living “in the shadows,” criminals like Cho can flaunt their illegal status confidently, knowing they have the American Establishment on their side. CNN, in fact, enthusiastically covered Cho’s support for the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act.

Cho has lofty ambitions for someone who isn’t even an American citizen. “I ultimately want to become a U.S. Senator, because I want to make changes in this country. … Let us rededicate ourselves to the commitment and the involvement in the common effort to create a new society and a new nation.”

One wonders who this “us” is, what “new nation” he wants to create, and why he has to do it here.

One also wonders what hardworking student got turned down by UCLA, so that David Cho could take his spot and make a name for himself, complaining about ‘social injustice.’ It is no secret that all across this nation universities admit students who are here illegally, often with the help of financial aid and in-state tuition, while saying, “Sorry, Charlie” to U.S. citizens, the real victims of this ‘social injustice.’

John Ryan is a recent college graduate who lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.


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