By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Last summer, when the Keizer City Council voted to ban undocumented residents from taking part in a junior city councilor program, two primary concerns rose to the fore for those who supported the rule change:
1. The program was intended for students who might pursue local government positions; and
2. Where were the members of the Latino community who didn’t face the stigma of undocumented status?
Vicky Falcon-Vazquez knows first-hand the challenges immigrant students face when it comes to getting involved in the wider community.
Falcon-Vazquez moved to Keizer from West Salem prior to starting classes at McNary High School – she graduated in 2003. Despite being a fluent English speaker, she was assigned to English as a Second Language courses.
“I think they put me there because I had been born in Mexico and because of my last name,” she said.
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