Mariono Cardoso is a sophomore at CCSU majoring in civil engineering. He is an undocumented immigrant, but has lived in the country since he was two and attended high school in New Britain. Cardoso and other youth immigration advocates held a demonstration at the LOB Tuesday to urge the state to consider a bill that would entitle Connecticut DREAM-eligible students to financial aid.
“It would help me financially…I can’t even apply for a loan,” he said.
Tuesday was the deadline for the Higher Education Committee to raise the bill. “I do not think they’re going to be raising it…we have some opposition in the Higher Ed Committee who think it’s too controversial for this year,” said Camila Bortolleto, leader of CT Students for a DREAM.