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Texas school trustee admits his DREAMer past at school board meeting

LatinaLista — Arlington, Texas is a southern suburb of Dallas and is home to the ninth-largest school district in Texas. Over 64,000 students are enrolled in the Arlington Independent School District (AISD) and the majority of the students are Latino.

Arlington (TX) School Trustee Tony Pompa

So when Arlington School Board Trustee Tony Pompa talked about the President’s decision to defer deportation on undocumented youth during a recent school board meeting, no one thought anything about it. After all, as Mr. Pompa pointed out, AISD certainly has some students who would be classified as DREAMers.

Yet, it’s what he said next that stunned his colleagues. Mr. Pompa confessed that he once was a DREAMer too and he wanted to put a “face” to these DREAMer students. Then this successful businessman, job-creator, father, husband and community leader looked around at his colleagues and the audience in attendance and asked a simple question: Would your country be better if I wasn’t here today?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYbk5lNOkYU[/youtube]

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  • Latina Lista
    June 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Watch the video of his confession at the school board meeting. It’s moving.

  • ZombieKaty
    July 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    @gonzo1978 MARK! Will I see you in San Diego?

  • gonzo1978
    July 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    @ZombieKaty yes what do are you arriving in San Diego?

  • ZombieKaty
    July 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    @gonzo1978 I arrive on Wednesday morning. Travelling from LA – how long are you there for? Are you working at HQ again?

  • gonzo1978
    July 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    @ZombieKaty no not working nhq if you would like, we can meet near there, I would love to chat on wednesday?

  • lightstarangel
    July 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    @gonzo1978 @ZombieKaty There’s a mini-reunion going on let me know! I get to San Diego on Monday afternoon 🙂

  • ZombieKaty
    July 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    @gonzo1978 that would be wonderful! I’ve missed you. I’m lucky and found a great job that I need to travel to the US with. I’m in St Louis!

  • gonzo1978
    July 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    @ZombieKaty terrific Janet and I are staying on Coronado I want to try to have lunch or at least a up of coffee with Wendy dm ur sked

  • ZombieKaty
    July 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    @gonzo1978 great! I am staying at the hotel across from HQ. As soon as I know what time I can get there I’ll let you know 😀

  • gonzo1978
    July 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    @ZombieKaty I look forward to seeing you!!

  • gonzo1978
    July 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    @lightstarangel sounds good maybe Wednesday before everything really starts rolling I know I want to see Katy would love to see u, Wendy

  • lightstarangel
    July 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    @gonzo1978 Definitely! will try to figure something out 🙂

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