I generally avoid linking to the NY Times, since everyone else always links to whatever they're saying. But this Joshua Davis story matters.
- Four poor high school kids in Arizona win an underwater robot competition.
- Three of them can’t even go to college because Arizona bans scholarships to undocumented students. One is now a line cook, one is unemployed, one is trying to crowd fund his tuition.
- The one who did graduate (in mechanical engineering) applied for legal residency, was turned down, banned from the US for ten years, and is now working an assembly line in Mexico.
House Republicans seem to view this as a fitting outcome. This week, John A. Boehner, the speaker of the House, introduced legislation that would roll back the president’s order. If he is successful, talented young people like Mr. Santillan and Mr. Arcega could be deported at any moment. “After a while you get used to disappointment,” Mr. Arcega said to me this week. “I try not to have high expectations anymore.”