Rubio said there are pockets of support within the state, such as OU, his high school and Aspiring Americans, an Oklahoma City-based organization that helps undocumented students through mentorship, grants, scholarships and legal assistance.
Funds raised by DOVE Science Academy benefit Oklahoma Disabled American Veterans, Beautiful Dream Society, The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Oklahoma chapter, Central Oklahoma Humane Society, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Aspiring Americans.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Aspiring Americans, an Oklahoma-based program that provides assistance to immigrant students, today released a report in conjunction with New American Economy detailing the important and positive impacts that immigration has on Oklahoma’s economic growth.
Nearly 220,000 immigrants of all legal statuses call Oklahoma home and many play an important role in the state's economy, especially in career fields suffering from a shortage of skilled workers, according to a new report on immigration in the state.
In 2014, immigrants in Oklahoma paid over $346 million in state and local taxes, according to a report from the New American Economy and promoted by the local nonprofit Aspiring Americans...
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“When I was in high school, I started seeing roadblocks, like it would be difficult to go to summer camp because I was undocumented,” Rubio said.
Annually, an estimated 65,000 students without legal status graduate from high school and 6,500 move on to higher education, according to the American Immigration Council. Faced with unique challenges, Rubio followed his mother’s suggestion and contacted Aspiring Americans, a statewide organization that helps students without legal status access a college education.
Last month, Rubio began his freshman year at the University of Oklahoma.
Samantha Basave’s interest in the medical field may come to a halt due to the requirement for U.S. citizenship to obtain a medical license.
"Samantha Basave's interest in the medical field began at age 8 when she would translate the instructions from doctors for her Spanish-speaking mother. Her brother had just been born with Down syndrome, and Basave was her family's only hope at overcoming the language barrier."
"Scissortail’s Aspiring Americans program connects immigrant students and their families in Oklahoma with the resources to attend college. This year, the program is working with 54 college-bound students. Their work is funded by private donations, and most of the students they help choose to attend public schools in Oklahoma because they qualify for in-state tuition."
"By dividing 4-4, the justices left in place a lower court order forbidding the president from launching a new program to grant “deferred action” status to illegal immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or green card holders."
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/supreme-court-deadlocks-thwarting-obamas-immigration-actions-224720#ixzz4CPpMim7p
"Sandoval, who attends ASTEC Charter High School in Oklahoma City, is one of four students receiving money from the organization’s first spring scholarships. The other recipients are Ruth Cruces from Santa Fe South High School in Oklahoma City, who is planning to attend OU; Heily Maldonado from Dove Science Academy in Oklahoma City; and Jocelyn Aldana from Putnam City West High School in Oklahoma City."