\tI'm a journalist with a passion for issues of justice and equality, particularly immigration. I've written about everything from immigrant-driven economies to the psychological impact of growing up without legal status in the U.S. — and I feel like I've only scratched the surface. I also follow drug policy, politics, and baseball. You can find me on Twitter and Facebook.
Jaime Ballesteros first realized just how much his immigration status mattered when he started looking at colleges.
He didn't have a Social Security number — and without that, he wouldn't be able to apply for schools alongside his peers, who were considering colleges like Harvard and Yale.
He knew what was wrong. Born in the Philippines, Jaime came to the U.S. with his parents and older brother when he was 11 years old. His father had a temporary work visa tied to his job as an accountant, which allowed him to bring his wife and children with him.