Applications: April 5, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

I just spent several hours reading applications for a college preparation scholarship. Many of the kids I read applications from come from Mexican-American families who crossed the border together when the applicants were children. These are kids who are struggling against all odds to get themselves to college and pursue their passions, because they want to make their parents’ sacrifices worth it. They write with such empathy and clarity about what their parents gave up by coming to the United States, how they try to live their best lives despite poverty, racism and xenophobia, a language barrier. If I could quote you these essays I would, but I cannot. Often, they bring me to tears.

Desperately, I wish we were doing right by these kids. They are so passionate and hopeful. They give me hope, too, that this younger generation will fix things that I hope have not been irrevocably broken.

D

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