Southern New Hampshire University is one of the latest higher education institutions to dedicate resources toward helping undocumented students, by promising to provide 1,000 students protected under DACA with full scholarships to pursue bachelor’s or associate’s degrees over the next five years.
Originally from El Salvador, Diana Umana, a junior at Smith College (MA), and her family have been able to live in the United States without fear of deportation thanks to DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS). But all of that changed over the past few months with the rescission of DACA in September 2017 and the subsequent move in January to end the protected status of 200,000 Salvadorans.
Rivera Suarez arrived in North Carolina from Mexico when he was 8-years-old along with his older sister and parents. Today, Rivera Suarez is the student body president at Guilford College in Greensboro and dreams of becoming a teacher.
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Dreamer Santiago Tobar Potes says after he arrived in the United States at age four, he watched television news to learn English. Now in his second year at Columbia University (NY), Potes writes in Civic Nation Voice on Forbes.com that the opportunity to study and gain a quality education “is the greatest gift I have ever received.”
When Jorge Reyes Salinas was 10, his parents cobbled together enough money to leave Peru to start a new life in Los Angeles. They wanted a better future for their only son, who thought he was going to Disneyland. Today, Reyes Salinas is a DACA recipient attending California State University, Northridge, and is the student appointee to the Cal State Board of Trustees.
Last month, Fatima, a first-year Case Western Reserve University (OH) student brought to the United States as a one-year-old from Honduras, traveled to Washington, DC, to tell her story to lawmakers as part of an advocacy event organized by FWD.us.
Mayra, a Dreamer who was born in Mexico with a condition that caused impaired vision and migraines, came to the United States in 1992 at age 7 to settle in California with her family. More than a decade later, thanks to the DACA program, she was able to get the health insurance she needed and see clearly for the first time in her life.
Diana Montelongo, a 23-year-old seventh-grade math teacher in Sacramento, CA, and a Teach for America corps member, is one of an estimated 20,000 DACA recipients who are currently teaching in K-12 classrooms, reports The 74, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news website covering education.
Laura Salas, who was brought to the United States from Mexico 11 years ago, considers herself lucky. The DACA policy gave her the certainty she needed to pursue a college degree, and she now is a junior at Monmouth College (IL).