Far fewer undocumented students are applying for financial aid to attend California colleges— advocates cite fear and the end of DACA
*UPDATE: (New data released Nov. 21 to LA School Report show that the number of applications has increased to 46,568, which is only 4 percent below last year’s figure.) The number of undocumented students in California applying for financial aid for college has dropped 20 percent this year, which advocates say is a direct result of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 15, 2017
‘College is possible’ — LAUSD teacher who is undocumented encourages Latino parents to help their children persevere
As an undocumented student in her San Bernardino high school, Maria Lopez Lozano was told by her school counselor she couldn’t go to college. She went anyway, graduated from UC Irvine, and now teaches in LA Unified. As a “DACAmented” teacher — as she called herself for being undocumented and a DACA recipient — she...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 2, 2017
Commentary: Forging alliances to protect families and fight fear in Los Angeles
When my parents moved our family here, I knew it was their dream to come to the United States to provide a better life for my siblings and myself. At the time, I couldn’t put that into context. As an 11-year-old kid, far away from our home in Guatemala, all that consumed me was the...
By Oscar Cruz | October 31, 2017
LAUSD board members unite with Democratic leaders to support passage of the DREAM Act
“DACA is dead. The Dream Act is a permanent solution for us, and that’s what we’re fighting for now,” said Paulina, an LA Unified graduate from Fremont High School and a DACA recipient who met on Wednesday with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, LA Unified board members, and business and community leaders in Los Angeles...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 18, 2017
DACA Dreamers rush to renew permits; a majority of Americans support their fight; ICE raids continue
In Los Angeles, the lines to renew DACA permits are getting longer as the Oct. 5 deadline approaches, according to CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, which has been helping about 40 immigrants a day renew their permits for free. The usual processing cost is $495. The Trump Administration announced on Sept....
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 29, 2017
What’s next for Dreamers? 7 things to know if you’re a DACA recipient
The day Dreamers have feared became a reality on Tuesday when the Trump Administration decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Starting this week, DACA recipients, known as Dreamers, will lose their protections when their permits expire unless Congress acts before the program ends in March. What does the end of DACA mean for Dreamers?...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 7, 2017