Lending a Hand: Ellen Helps Pay a Muslim Refugee's Student Debt

Lending a Hand: Ellen Helps Pay a Muslim Refugee's Student Debt

Feb, 23rd 2017

Ellen DeGeneres may be doing more to help with student debt relief than the Department of Education.

On Friday's episode of The Ellen Show, DeGeneres read a letter from Muslim refugee Ekhlas Ahmed, who shared her story of coming to the U.S. unable to learn English and eventually learning the language by watching DeGeneres' daytime show and transcribing everything she said.

DeGeneres brought a tearful Ahmed, who is now a graduate student, activist and high school English teacher, onto the stage to speak with her after reading the letter Ahmed wrote to her.

"I wanted to let you know how I felt. I was a senior in college and I was thinking, besides my parents, who was the person that helped me get here? Who...

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