How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

A college graduate hopes to legalize


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German Cadenas


One speaker at the morning prayer service in Phoenix: German Cadenas, 23, who graduated with dual degrees in business administration and psychology last year after working his way through Arizona State University.

He has found an office job and would like to go on to graduate school and become a mental health professional, but says it's challenging. Born in Venezuela, he has been here illegally since he was 15, when he arrived with his family. Because he hasn't been able to adjust his status, he cannot have access to government school loan.

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