Oregon's legislative session is wrapping up this week and one piece of humane immigration legislation is dead on the floor: Tuition equity, which would have let undocumented kids who graduate from Oregon high schools pay in-state tuition at Oregon universities.

I thought about the innumerable bureaucratic problems young undocumented immigrants face in the United States, include the unfair hurdle of paying more than their peers for college, while reading Jose Antonio Vargas' piece in the NYTimes where he "comes out" as an undocumented immigrant.

The piece is interesting and compelling and you should go read it right now. But, just as an example, here's an excerpt about coming to Portland to get a drivers' license:

At the D.M.V. in Portland, I arrived with my photocopied Social Security card, my college I.D., a pay stub from The San Francisco Chronicle and my proof of state residence — the letters to the Portland address that my support network had sent. It worked. My license, issued in 2003, was set to expire eight years later, on my 30th birthday, on Feb. 3, 2011. I had eight years to succeed professionally, and to hope that some sort of immigration reform would pass in the meantime and allow me to stay.
Fake papers - including an Oregon license!
  • Fake papers - including an Oregon license!