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With heart and money, Silicon Valley aids undocumented students

Patrick Thibodeau | March 13, 2012
Some big names in Silicon Valley's tech community are helping a group of talented, young students who are victims of circumstance and politics.

"It's scary to think of going back to Peru," said Lio. "I did not grow up there; I don't know if I could adapt."

Lio knows of many others in a position similar to his.

"Think of us as an investment," said Lio. "We want to contribute and we will contribute if given a chance."

An essay that Lio wrote a couple of years ago about 9/11 was circulated via a E4FC mailing list and seen by Intel co-founder Grove. Lio said he met with Grove, who is also an immigrant, a few months ago and found that the two have a lot in common.

"It's incredible how similar the immigrant journey is," said Lio. "The American dream is something that connects us all, regardless of time and regardless of race," he said.



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