OU students in U.S. illegally put face on immigration issue
BY SILAS ALLEN NewsOK.com
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
11/28/12 at 4:45 AM
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NORMAN - Deisy Escalera considers Oklahoma her home. She graduated from high school here, goes to college here and pays taxes here. But in some respects, Escalera isn't an American - at least, not on paper.
"I consider myself an American," she said. "I was not born here, but I consider myself an American."
Escalera, 23, came to the United States illegally from Mexico with her mother when she was 6. Today, she's one of 25 undocumented students at the University of Oklahoma.
Several of those students and their supporters gathered Tuesday evening on OU's South Oval to discuss the issues they face.
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Students pray during a Tuesday evening vigil on the University of Oklahoma's South Oval for undocumented students. The vigil was sponsored by the Norman Chapter of DREAM Act Oklahoma, which seeks to personalize the issue of illegal immigration. BRYAN TERRY/ The Oklahoman