The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications will no longer be accepted after the Trump Administration cancelled the program. Those DACA students that have a DACA permit that expires before March 5, 2018, have the opportunity to renew their permit with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before October 5. After renewal, the DACA permit will be valid for another 2 years.
On September 13, the White House and congressional Democrats met together to discuss an alternative for DACA which included conversations around the DREAM Act. However, there is currently no law that legally replaces the benefits of DACA.
Despite the cancellation of DACA,, there are alternatives here in California for qualified DACA students to go to college. The California Dream Act allows undocumented students to receive public state funds and private scholarships to go to college. Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition if they attended a high school in California for at least 3 years. There is also the California Dream Loan Program where Dreamers are allowed to take out a loan, and once they get graduate they can pay back their loan with interest. The money that is generated from the interest is used to generate more funding for future dreamers to apply for the loan program.
If you are an undocumented student, there are resources to help you. These organizations work to support all immigrants.
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
2533 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90057
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
1145 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd floor, Los Angeles CA 90017
Central American Resource Center of Los Angeles
The Scroll will continue to share resources and updates for DACA students as we learn more. Keep an eye on this website as well as the Viking Scroll Twitter and Instagram accounts.