Undocumented immigrants plan on rallying in Hartford on Thursday morning to push for a proposal that would help give children access to higher education.
Immigrant youth to gather Monday, ask for equal access to higher education for undocumented students
Immigrant youth will be gathering with Senator Richard Blumenthal on Monday.
The Connecticut House of Representatives has given final legislative approval to a bill that allows immigrant students without legal status to be eligible for institutional financial aid at state-run colleges and universities.
Undocumented immigrants will confront the speaker of the Connecticut house.
One hundred undocumented youth from the state of Connecticut traveled to Washington, D.C. early Tuesday morning to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Immigrant college students who live in the country illegally are planning a trip to the state Capitol to call on lawmakers to vote on two bills that would open up institutional financial aid to them.
Because undocumented students aren’t required to disclose their status when they apply to college there’s no exact numbers on how many DACA students are at Eastern Connecticut State University but the school has been very welcoming to those students and it’s come from the top.
“They came when they were little. They speak fluent English. They are American people,” a passionate plea from ECSU president Dr. Elsa Nunez at a rally back in September.
“The best we can do at Eastern I think is to make sure that they understand that they are liberally educated,” Dr. Nunez told News8 Monday. “That means that they can think critically, they an write well, they can speak clearly, and that they can advocate for themselves.”
Laura Pineros is doing just that.
“I’m a criminology and sociology major with a minor in pre-law,” sain Pineros who is now a sophomore at Eastern.
She is among the more than 100 DACA students at the school which is among the Connecticut state colleges and universities along with UConn which have joined a national lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals Program. DACA was designed to shield young undocumented students from deportation.
In Pineros’ home state of South Carolina she says she cannot attend a state college. She was brought to America from Columbia when she was 18 months old.
“It was my parents’ decision to better my future,” said Pineros.
A rally was held in New Haven Thursday in support of a Clean DREAM Act and protection of Connecticut immigrants.
DACA recipients in limbo after President Trump rejects a bipartisan plan Thursday to grant citizenship to undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.
There’s a big push at the Capitol to persuade lawmakers undocumented college students need access to financial aid.