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Special High School Graduation Edition


I work at a high school where there is a significant number of our students without papers. Two students whom I had worked with for four years graduated last June (one from Mexico, the other from Paraguay), and they are now attending community college. They have both read your books.

My questions are: What do you recommend to undocumented students regarding working here and making money—in this case to help pay for their college? Do you suggest they get false documents? (Social Security card and number, driver’s license and/or green card)? Do they get a “new” number or should they use an ITIN if they have one? What is the current going rate for these items—individually or as a package deal? What about quality? Where should they go to buy? Do you have any referrals? Any other suggestions you may have about this issue would be helpful and appreciated. I hope to share your insight with them both, and to other students that are in the same situation. —El Maestro Gabacho who Cares for Indocumentados

Dear Gabacho: So you know your students are in this country illegally, that la migra can nab them and their familias at any moment—and you want them to break the law even further by asking where they can get fake documents? iNo manches, méndigo! I understand why you want to help these students that you and I know are American yet Know Nothings consider no better that rapist illegals, but asking them to further bury themselves legally is like eating three habaneros and trying to cool down your scorched palate by chomping on some serranos. Getting an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) from the IRS is an option, but you and your students are better off pressuring Congress to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented college students who came to this country as youngsters.

Advocating for these Dreamers is one of the most righteous causes in the United States right now, because their story represents the greatest chinga tu madre to the Know Nothings’ master Mexi narrative: they’re immigrant kids who learned English, fully assimilated, graduated from high school, pursued higher education and succeeded, and are now virtually indistinguishable from their citizen peers save for their legal status—and not all of these undocumented kids are Mexicans! Maestro: guide your former students to DreamActivist.org for more information on how to live as an undocumented college student, and to know which senators and representatives to annoy with polite emails asking why won’t they co-sponsor the DREAM Act. 

My message to all graduating high school Mexi seniors: So you’re brown and proud? Unless you’re going to college after high school, you’re a clown. No excuses, cabrones—if undocumented college students cannot only go on to universities but graduate, anyone can do it if they set their cabezas to it. Make your parents proud, and fulfill the hopes of your raza—after all, we don’t want the coming Aztlán Liberation Front to be composed of pendejos...

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