Legal Status?

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005


Veralyn has spent almost her whole life in the United States. She doesn't even remember Sierra Leone - her birth country from which her parents moved when Veralyn was an infant. Her dad has a green card. Her younger siblings are all citizens who were born in New York. Veralyn, however, is confused about her own legal status. 

She's not a citizen, she doesn't have a green card and she doesn't even know what rights she has. She can't work, can't get financial aid for college and is frustrated about her situation. When Veralyn starts to ask questions, some of her family members get nervous and uncomfortable.

Veralyn was mentored by Leital Molad.


Rookie Reporter Veralyn Williams

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