Wake-Up Call: Back-to-school special
Pablo would be a senior in college now. A senior in a private college, rather than a public university. Because while Pablo was a star student at West High School, he was also an illegal immigrant. His parents had come to the United States when he was just a boy, and although they'd worked hard to build a life here, they couldn't afford out-of-state tuition at a Colorado college. And as an illegal, Pablo wasn't eligible for in-state tuition.
We told Pablo's story in "Head of the Class," published in December 2004, when he was a senior at West, trying to figure out how he could go to college, looking for scholarships that didn't require proof of citizenship.
Pablo's story might have a different ending today. State senator Chris Romer has proposed legislation that would allow illegal immigrants who've graduated from a state high school or gotten their GED after attending a Colorado high school for at least three years to pay in-state tuition at state colleges -- if they get into those schools, of course.
His bill moves to committee for its first consideration on Thursday. It's an idea that's long overdue.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Westword's biggest stories.
- Ten Favorite Dog Names in Denver
Sat., Sep. 5, 7:30pm
Sun., Sep. 6, 2:00pm
Fri., Sep. 11, 7:00pm
Sat., Sep. 12, 1:00pm
- Dan Williams Could Get Four-Plus Years in Jail for Killing Bear Cubs
- Woman Hits Man With Truck, Then Is Killed By 2nd Vehicle While Checking on Him