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Undocumented student graduates from college

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 - 01:04

June 16 - Eddie Ramirez, who learned he was undocumented when he was 8-years-old, has graduated from college thanks to the ''Dream Act'' and will continue his education to become a dentist. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Portland State University's class of 2014 is the largest in Oregon. And it spoke volumes for Eddie Ramirez, who never even thought he'd go to college. Ramirez immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico when he was just one, later finding out he was undocumented. But after this graduation, he'll move forward with his education to become a dentist. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GRADUATE EDDIE RAMIREZ, SAYING: "I got to orientation at Portland State and my mom in tears said we can't afford this. We have to look at other things. But now being able to be a commencement speaker today and representing other undocumented students and earning a spot on OHSU it's a blessing and something that was an obstacle at first but that's who I am." Ramirez explained he was able to attend college thanks to the Dream Act. It gives legal status to some illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. before the age of 16.

Undocumented student graduates from college

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 - 01:04

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