12th grader Carlos Sura came to the United States as an unaccompanied minor four years ago, long before the most recent influx to the United States. Since he began at Oakland International High School, he has grown tremendously as a student and as a speaker of English--and we are so proud of his recent article on the PBS Newshour's Education Blog applauding President Obama's recent immigration program.
"My parents will be able to apply to get a work permit and work legally here. If they get their papers, we will not have to worry anymore that they might be deported. We can just work hard for a better future for our family. We're trying to make a good life because now that we're in this country, we have a lot of benefits: we can get a good education, a job with a good salary, and we don't have those same opportunities in our home country. And here, we don't feel worried about the gangs anymore. We feel safe."
Carlos is using his voice to advocate for his fellow im
"These are children, period. And so what their legal status is, is immaterial. They're students. They deserve an education. So I'm part of that system that is the safety net for these children." -- OIHS Founding Principal, Carmelita Reyes.