California to provide $30 million to DACA students
California lawmakers recently announced an agreement to provide $30 million for DACA recipients, including $10 million in financial aid for college.
According to a Tuesday press release, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders announced the funding in response to President Donald Trump’s recent decision to rescind the Obama-era program.
"Donald Trump may love chaos. These kids don't deserve it."
“We will not let one man with xenophobic tendencies undercut years of progress we have made in California to integrate these young adults into our society and economy,” remarked Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, who is also a Democrat. “California is their home and they are our future.”
The release notes that of the $30 million, two-thirds will go towards providing DACA recipients with legal assistance, while the remainder will fund additional financial aid, including $7 million for California community college students, $2 million for California State University students, and another $1 million for University of California students.
The University of California, whose system president Janet Napolitano recently announced plans to sue the Trump administration over its DACA decision, thanked Brown for his support.
“They embody the American Dream and represent the best of our country,” Napolitano’s office stated in a press release. “The University is thankful and confident that this additional state funding will help our Dreamers achieve their ambitious educational goals.”
Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon chimed in on the $30 million, as well, saying it “will provide answers and help young Californians stay in the only country they’ve ever known.”
“Donald Trump may love chaos,” he added. “These kids don’t deserve it.”
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