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Luck of the Ivy: Illegal Alien Gets Full Ride from Harvard

By    |   Friday, 26 September 2014 11:24 AM

Harvard University doled out a free, all-expenses-paid scholarship to an illegal alien.

For the past three years, Dario Guerrero, now a junior at Harvard, has had a free ride, telling the Washington Post that his scholarship "meant I wouldn’t have to worry about student loans or quarterly tuition payments; that I always had a place to stay away from home; that I could travel every semester, on Harvard’s dime, back to California; that my parents would never have to worry whether I’d finish school.

"Those are luxuries few people, documented or not, ever have."

Guerrero, majoring in visual and environmental studies, discovered he was an undocumented alien while he was in high school, Breitbart News reported, and was told his Social Security number and name didn't match. His parents, undocumented Mexican immigrants, admitted to him that they had overstayed their visa when he was three years old and given him his brother's Social Security number.

Looking for a college education, he applied to several schools, and only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Williams University turned him down. The MIT admissions officer emailed him, "For (undocumented) students, the only way we can admit them at this time is as an international student. They would then need to leave the U.S. and return through an international border," the Post reported.

But when he walked into Harvard on a whim while visiting MIT, it was a different story. The admissions officer told him, “If you are admitted to Harvard College,” she said, "'we will meet your full financial need without regard to your legal status.' "

"They didn’t care about immigration status."

"I used to think that being undocumented was a disadvantage to me. I used to mourn the fact that I was different. But ultimately I realize that it was because of, not in spite of, my identity — as an undocumented Chicano — that I was been able to do what I did," he told the Post.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told Newsmax, "This is outrageous. Colleges are applying an informal affirmative action on behalf of illegal aliens. If you are an illegal alien who is reasonably bright, your chances of getting into an Ivy League college are almost better if you are an illegal alien than if you are an American citizen.

"The government hasn't tied immigration status to college admissions, so there's no legal prohibition against a college admitting illegal immigrants."

No one knows how many illegal aliens are attending colleges in the US, Krikorian said, adding, "A college is not allowed to discriminate on basis of race and still get federal funds, but with regard to legal resident status for college students, the government doesn't seem to care."

Guerrero told the Post, "The opportunity to one day join the 6.2 percent (of high school students admitted to Harvard) or the 1 percent, or even just the 100 percent of legal residents who live without fear of deportation is worth crossing the border for."

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