An anonymous e-mail was recently sent to The Collegian that said Associated Students, Inc. President Pedro Ramirez was serving without pay because of his undocumented status. Ramirez confirmed this information.
Ramirez said that ASI administrators were aware that he would not be paid for the ASI position, but he willfully accepted it as a volunteer position.
“For me, it’s an emotional issue,” Ramirez said. “Not a lot of people know that I am undocumented. A lot of people I got to class with…students, faculty, staff and staff administrators think I’m a normal student.”
Ramirez, an AB 540 student, didn’t know of his legal status until his senior year of high school before his graduation.
AB 540 is a California state law that allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition fees instead of the more costly out-of state fees.
Ramirez is trying to coordinate an event in the Free Speech Area this Friday from 11a.m. to 1p.m. to support the DREAM Act. He hopes to have several university officials in attendance.
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