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Old 01-26-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Charlotte/Mebane, NC and Suitland, MD
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Grand Prairie teen overcame language barrier to rise to top of his class | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Morning News (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-Nobarrier_26met.ART.State.Edition2.46b1c46.html - broken link)

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Ruben, now a 17-year-old senior at Grand Prairie High School, didn't let the teasing stop him. He mastered English, rose to No. 1 in his class and is deciding whether to accept a full scholarship from prestigious Rice University or ultraprestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A role model for immigrant children.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:38 PM
 
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Ruben's transition from native Spanish speaker to stellar student provides solid clues to one of the most vexing mysteries in Texas public education: How do schools teach English to Spanish-speaking kids to prepare them for success? And what should the child and his family do to support the school's curriculum?
More than half a million public school students in Texas carry the "limited English proficient" label. The vast majority are Latino. And many of them understand little of what they hear in class from their English-speaking teachers.
Like many immigrants, Ruben's father came to this country in search of better wages and job opportunities. He would later become a U.S. citizen. In 2003, he arranged for Ruben, his daughter and Ruben's mother to come to the U.S. Two summers ago, Ruben and his sister also became U.S. citizens.
While I do not agree with the fact that the father came here illegally, at least he didn't bring his entire family over and proceed to go the anchor baby route to chain migration.

That being said:

This young man is indeed an example for all of those who think they will ever achieve anything worthwhile by living in this country illegally for decades and delusionally believing that the corporate masters have their best interest at heart by forcing the rest of us to press 2 for English.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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This is how you do it. Good goin Ruben.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Grand Prairie teen overcame language barrier to rise to top of his class | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Morning News (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-Nobarrier_26met.ART.State.Edition2.46b1c46.html - broken link)



A role model for immigrant children.
immigrant? or illegal?
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:17 AM
 
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Grand Prairie teen overcame language barrier to rise to top of his class | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Morning News (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-Nobarrier_26met.ART.State.Edition2.46b1c46.html - broken link)



A role model for immigrant children.
This is a good example of what we see over, and over, everyday in our country, have you been to the main univerity campuses lately, I have, the vast majority of students are ethnic, including hispanics, asians, african americans, eastern europeans etc.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:07 PM
 
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That's a great article, OP.

And I used to go to church in Grand Prairie!
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: USA
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"Ruben's father came to this country in search of better wages and job opportunities. He would later become a U.S. citizen."

Now, see if we had a border fence and enough border patrol Rebens father couldn't have snuck into the United States. And we could be reading about an American child making his life better instead of wasting money on people who don't belong in this country. No, doubt tax payers funded Rubens education. That money should have been used to educate a poor or minority child. The illegal aliens are stealing education funds from Americas poor and minority children.

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$ 12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally.

$ 17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as Anchor babies.

http:/transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:47 PM
 
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"Ruben's father came to this country in search of better wages and job opportunities. He would later become a U.S. citizen."

Now, see if we had a border fence and enough border patrol Rebens father couldn't have snuck into the United States. And we could be reading about an American child making his life better instead of wasting money on people who don't belong in this country. No, doubt tax payers funded Rubens education. That money should have been used to educate a poor or minority child. The illegal aliens are stealing education funds from Americas poor and minority children.

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$ 12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally.

$ 17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as Anchor babies.

http:/transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

The lack of control at the border and the US consistently enforcing its laws is more to blame than anything. Having said that, I would rather see kids in school than on the street. Keeping them in school avoids situations like child labor, child prostitution and in the long run reduces crime. Imagine what this country would be like if all of these kids were not in school?!?!?! I think there would be mass exodus of US citizens to other safer countries.
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