Silvia Rodriguez, 25, was born in Chihuahua and immigrated to Arizona with her parents when she was two years old. She says that for or the first 14 years, she was not fully aware of what it meant to be undocumented. “As time passed by, I found out that I had more and more disadvantages compared to my friends and people that I knew,” she says. “When it came time to apply for scholarships and financial aid, that was the moment it really, really hit me.”
Regardless, Rodriguez applied to Arizona State University and was accepted with scholarships that covered her tuition. But as a result of Proposition 300, Rodriguez became ineligible for in-state tuition or financial aid in the middle of her second year. “It was a really awful experience. I was so sad and depressed,” she says.