April, 2012

In this issue:

A Pescadero youth faces deportation

Pescadero students “stuck” in college limbo

Two Puente staffers become U.S. citizens

A Pescadero youth faces deportation 
Last March, Anna Gutierrez watched in horror as Sheriff’s Office deputies handcuffed her 15-year-old son, José.* It was the day before his 16th birthday. That was how José Gutierrez’s immigration nightmare began.  Days later, he was on a flight bound for a detention center Virginia, under threat of deportation.  Read more.
Pescadero students "stuck" in college limbo
Imagine a student who works hard at college, but never advances to earn a degree. In California, it can be a kind of purgatory reserved for students whose English proficiency doesn’t meet a certain bar. And it’s a familiar tale in Pescadero, too, where students become the first in their family to graduate from high school and enroll in community college. Then, they don’t score well on critical placement tests. Students are placed into remedial English and math classes, sometimes for years, before they have a chance to earn credit for an AA degree or for transfer to a four year school—even to take the classes they care about most.  Read more.
Two Puente staffers become U.S. citizens   
Puente Program Director Rita Mancera and Veronica Ortega, Puente’s Office Manager, became newly-minted U.S. citizens at swearing-in ceremony on April 9. Both women have been permanent residents for decades, but decided to take the plunge after Puente expanded its immigration services in 2011, thanks to a Grant from the Grove Foundation. Read more.

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