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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: CATALINO TAPIA - PHILANTHROPIST

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This is a great story.  Catalino Tapia is a 63-year old Mexican immigrant who came to the US with $6 some forty-three years ago. Inspired by his son graduating from one of the nation's top law schools, Tapia established a non-profit company, the Bay Area Gardeners Foundation, and recruited a dozen other gardeners to raise money for college scholarships. This year, they awarded nine $1500 scholarships.



The anti-immigrants out there have tried to somehow make it sound like today's immigrants are somehow different than those that came before. But they're exactly the same in terms of striving to help their children achieve a better life. On the day after the DREAM Act died and the country let down millions of young people hoping to be given the opportunity to carve out a decent life in the only country they know, it helps to hear stories like Catalino Tapia's.

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    Another outrage of the day type story courtesy of the LA Times:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immig24oct24,1,5148566.story?ctrack=1&cset=true
  2. Gloria Flores's Avatar
    Hi!my name is gloria flores,i read your artcle i think that is a really good thing what your doing. Well i wood like to get some help on my education,I graduate from high school in 2007.Now am working trying toget money to go to college an getting scolarships,in the sumer am going to start working in the fiels in the morning an in the afternoon am going to work in a restuarant to get money that I need.I hope that you read my letter.hope you write back.
  3. Vilma Vidal's Avatar
    Hi, I am looking for a philanthropist to help me to pay the INS forms for my 3 children to become residents. Actually to get a green card is very expensive and unfair for single mothers like me.
    Please, answer back.
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