Meet FirstGen Fellow Juan Rangel, who fought to make sure illegal aliens could attend Notre Dame:


Juan Rangel studies at the University of Notre Dame and is majoring in political science and Latino studies. He has been involved with student government throughout all three years at Notre Dame, and this year he served as the student body chief of staff, which included chairing the Immigration Task Force. Rangel also founded and serves as the president of the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy, which works to educate students about immigration issues and advocate at the local, state, and national levels. He interned last summer with the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education at the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is originally from Mexico but calls Central California home. Rangel will be placed with the Washington, D.C., office of the National Immigration Law Center.

Finally, meet FirstGen Fellow Karla Davis.


Karla Davis attends MidAmerica Nazarene University in the Kansas City metro area. While studying corporate communications, marketing, and graphic design, she discovered a passion for social justice issues. As a nontraditional and minority student, Davis recognizes the need to advocate for marginalized groups and hopes to dedicate both her personal and professional life to such causes. Davis is actively involved in her community and has served in a variety of capacities — as a youth member of the National League of Cities, an intern at the Olathe Latino Coalition, as well as the president of her university’s Student Diversity Council, whose purpose is to empower students to stand up against the injustices of today. Davis will be placed with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. thanks to the generous donation in memory of Claire Robinson.

Stand up to the injustices of today?  That’s novel.  Most diversity councils I know hector college administrators to treat people different on the basis of skin color.  Perhaps Davis’ council is different.

Regardless, these four FirstGEN Fellows should give Republican immigration advocates some exposure to the cultural headwinds they will face post-amnesty.  As I wrote at PJ Media, “Conservatives must first confront and destroy the credibility of the racial interest groups that serve as the gatekeepers to these communities.”  So far, I haven’t seen any effort to destroy the credibility of these cultural gatekeepers. I’ve only see one side extend a hand to them.

Update: Nirvana Felix writes PJ Media to say she is not an illegal alien, something the article did not say she was.  She is however, a dreamer, in the conventional long used definition of the word that wants amnesty.  “DREAMer” is a term cooked up by advocates of amnesty for some illegal aliens.  It is not an term accepted by opponents of illegal alien amnesty.