(ARTICLE): High-achieving undocumented immigrant students work hard with hopes of future citizenship (OK Gazette)

“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.