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Dreamers Work To Be Able To Access Financial Aid For College

Lucas Codognolla and Junior Sierra outside the governor’s office in May Photo credit:

Lucas Codognolla and Junior Sierra outside the governor’s office in May
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After a year-long lobbying effort, undocumented students were able to convince some lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that they should have access to financial aid.

These students, or “Dreamers,” are the children of undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children and attended Connecticut’s public schools, but through no fault of their own are in the country illegally.

They won the right to pay in-state tuition rates in 2011, but cost remained a factor for many.

“Even with in-state tuition, we saw that a lot of undocumented students were still not going to college — the cost was a barrier,” Lucas Codognolla, lead director of Connecticut Students for a Dream, said.

Both Senate President Martin Looney and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy want to expand their access to higher education this year.

Looney proposed …

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Ilia O’Hearn: Opening Doors In Law For Other Young Latinos

Ilia O'Hearn in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, where she was recently admitted,  says opening doors for other Latinos is essential.

Ilia O’Hearn in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, where she was recently admitted, spends countless hours opening doors for other Latinos in law. .

Karen Cortés

A career in Connecticut was never part of Ilia O’Hearn’s plans. But in the 26 years since she traveled from Puerto Rico to Storrs to attend UConn, O’Hearn has not only managed to develop an impressive work portfolio, but has also spent numerous volunteer hours educating others about the law.

Though her own career is well-established, O’Hearn, who is an associate attorney with the international law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, is a long time mentor of young Latinos through her work with the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA).

As one of CHBA’s mentors and a board member, O’Hearn focus is to make sure that up-and-coming Latino students and lawyers are exposed to the opportunities available in the legal field and have access …

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Are Poor Latino Kids The Same As Their Poor White And Black Peers? Depends On The Generation

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Studies have long shown that assimilation is bad for the average immigrant in terms of health outcomes. The longer they spend in the United States the more they and their offspring become susceptible to bad eating habits and diseases that are consequences of that behavior found in U.S. born Latinos.

Now, a new study shows that there’s also a difference between immigrant Latinos and U.S. born Latinos in how they cope with poverty.

A report released in January from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (NRCHCF) shows that living in poverty among white, black and U.S.-born Latinos are roughly the same. However, low-income immigrant Latino children have a much better home situation.

Among low-income Hispanic children with at least one foreign-born parent, 36 percent live in married, two-parent households; about half live under the same roof as their father; and over 80 percent live in a

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