Cal State Fresno student body president

He’s the Cal State Fresno student body president — and an illegal immigrant

Let’s all go out and celebrate!

Campus officials say Pedro Ramirez, who came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 3, has not violated any school rules, and declined the $9,000 stipend because of his immigration status. Critics call for his resignation.

He was to study hard, get good grades and claim the prize, but it wasn’t until that night in their kitchen when the high school valedictorian was filling out university applications that they told him a missing detail — he wasn’t a United States citizen. He was born in Mexico. He came to this country when he was 3 years old.

Now, an anonymous tip to the college newspaper has forced Ramirez to publicly expose his secret and has put this son of a maid and a restaurant worker into the thick of a debate on immigration and education that has reached a boiling point in recent weeks. Some have called for his resignation while others have rallied to his defense.

Ramirez’s critics say he wasn’t honest with the student body about his immigration status when he ran for president and should resign. “He misled the students … he should step down,” Cole Rojewski, president of the campus’ College Republicans and one of Ramirez’s opponents in the race for president, said in a television interview.

However, School administrators said Ramirez broke no rules by running for president of Associated Students Inc. “This is yet an additional reason why there needs to be reform with today’s current immigration laws or lack thereof,” stated a university official who wished to remain anonymous.

Democratic leaders in Congress have pledged to vote on the Dream Act before January (they did and lost).

On Monday, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously that illegal immigrants who graduated from state high schools can continue to receive lower, in-state tuition at California’s public universities and colleges. It’s the first state Supreme Court ruling of its kind in the nation. Ah-hum! Didn’t catch either President Obama’s or the Department of Justice (DOJ) comments on this one!

The case was brought on behalf of citizens who are paying the higher out-of-state tuition rates. The group contended that lower tuition could not be offered to illegal students and denied to some citizens.

Meanwhile, University of California campuses, pushed by the state’s budget crisis to boost revenues, are taking unprecedented steps to recruit out-of-state and international students for the extra revenue and geographic diversity they bring to the cash-strapped system. UC campuses collect an extra $23,000 in annual tuition from each non-resident student.

On the Cal State Fresno campus, reactions over the revelation of Ramirez’s immigration status had one thing in common — passion, said Tony Peterson, editor-in-chief of The Collegian.

“It’s all either really anti-Pedro or all really pro-Pedro. No in-between,” he said. “Pedro was pretty popular before, but where we’re located in California there’s a lot of farming, a lot of farm workers. Immigration issues are big here, because we’re at the heart of it.”

On Wednesday, Ramirez said he had no intention of stepping down from his position unless the students who elected him demanded it.

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3 Responses to Cal State Fresno student body president

  1. Robin Hvidston says:

    Pedro Ramirez should have been truthful – he should have entered into the election revealing his illegal residency status. He ran for student body president concealing this fact, under false pretenses. This sets a bad example for the students, the university, and ultimately the entire nation. Pedro Ranirez should do the honorable thing and resign his post immediately.

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  2. sasoc says:

    No intention of stepping down from his position? Sounds like a bank robber saying he has no intention of stopping a robbery he’s in the middle of perpetrating. Such naked contempt for the law is a threat to us all.

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    • Jon-Paul says:

      sasoc:

      We are so glad that you brought this issue forward! And if I may, you have read between the line with this issue better than anyone!

      From the earliest reporting the first, “here” in the article, the newly elected president seemed rather remorseful and alluded to resigning.

      Then in the second article, second “and here” in article, which was from about eight or less hours apart from the first his entire position changed!

      Special interest groups, advocacy groups? He’ll definitely go after the $9,000, taking all bets!! Cheers and thank you!

      jps

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