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Latino students meet with Senator Patty Murray

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Latino students meet with Senator Patty Murray. Senator Patty Murray met with several groups in the Tri-Cities on Tuesday. Students at Columbia Basin College told the senator about new Latino programs that help students stay in school and graduate. 

This meeting was a big deal because most of these Latino school programs are funded by the federal government. Right now, a lot of these school support programs are on the chopping block for budget cuts.

Senator Murray met with CBC and WSU Tri-Cities students who heavily rely on these programs. They say groups like the College Assistant Migrant Program encourages students not to drop out. The extra support system helps Latino students get through and graduate with a big emphasis on their freshman year.

Senator Patty Murray says it's critical to keep these programs going. "It's very clear from talking with the young people here today. Without these programs they wouldn't stay in college and they wouldn't be able to even have come here I the first place," said Murray.

Many students at the meeting are the first in their families to go to college. They're assigned a mentor who helps them with classes and financial aid. Since it started, more students have been on track to graduate and more Latino students are holding leadership positions.

One big concern is whether the funding for these programs will continue. We'll be following this story and let you know what happens in Washington D.C.