GLENDALE — [Updated] Nineteen-year-old Nancy Fernandez is in her second year at Glendale Community College, but once she gets her degree, there'll be no where to go for her to go.
She was admitted to slew of University of California campuses after high school, but she cannot afford tuition.
"I need financial aid," she said. "I don't have the resources to go where I could go."
She said her parents brought her to the U.S. when she was eight-months-old. Her undocumented status forbids her from traditional avenues for financial aid.
She joined more than two dozen Glendale Community College students and alums Tuesday to support the federal DREAM Act, which would give qualified undocumented immigrants access to citizenship, and by extension, financial aid. They'd get a green card after they enroll in a college or serve in the military.
"We want to tell people we are here, this is the only home we know and we want to contribute to our society," said Omar Moreno, a 2005 Glendale Community College graduate who moved to the U.S. at age 11. "And to do that, we need support from other people, people who can vote."