Illegal immigrants find paths to college, careers

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- College once seemed inconceivable for those brought to the U.S. illegally as children, because they lacked a Social Security number and work permit, and didn't qualify for financial aid.

But thousands of young illegal immigrants are now finding ways to pay for college, graduate and try to work around the legal roadblocks to a career.

They are getting work experience, opening businesses and seeking professional licenses in their fields. Many have come out publicly about their status and have become politically active.

Critics say the graduates are still illegal, and that their degrees don't make any difference as to their status.

But other organizations have stepped up to help such graduates start careers, placing them in internships, connecting them with lawyers and Silicon Valley leaders.


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