Dreamers Continue Advocacy Effort
by Jack Kramer, CTNewsJunkie
HARTFORD, CT — Trying to pass legislation to give immigrant students access to financial aid at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities has always been a toss-up issue, and the recent arrest of a member of a group leading the fight for the legislation may have added another roadblock.
Passage of the legislation looked likely until Eric Cruz-Lopez, a former student at the University of Connecticut, was charged May 7 with 103 counts of criminal mischief.
“It was one, very unfortunate incident that has put us all in jeopardy,” Carolina Bortello, who was at the state Capitol this week along with her sister, Camila and others, still trying to gather support for their cause.
“Our cause is still the right cause,” Carolina Bortello said. “We have 2,000 signed petitions. We will continue to lobby legislators.”
The Bortellos and Connecticut Students For A Dream continue to show up at the state Capitol day-after-day to advocate.