Fil-Am students weigh in on immigration proposal to protect undocumented students

SAN FRANCISCO — Spring semester at San Francisco State University typically means, for many Filipino college students, dance practices and performances for their upcoming productions of Pilipino Cultural Nights (PCNs).

These productions have become a part of the already expensive college experience — which is why these students say they support the proposed expansion to the DREAM Act, called the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 — which allows undocumented students to benefit from in-state tuition prices.

“It’s fair to say that the youth and everybody deserves a chance at education, and why should we take that away from them?”

“As a student who also receives financial aid from the government, I am not excluded from that either — so I feel it really does help to achieve anyone’s admission or dreams that they can further their education and create success for their future.”

According to an ABC/Washington Post poll — nearly 90 percent of Americans and 80 percent of Republicans believe that Dreamers deserve the ability to earn a path to citizenship.

Undocumented students in many states are charged out-of-state tuition — which is several times the in-state tuition rate.

They are not eligible for federal financial aid and most come from low-income families.

Even those who are eligible for in-state tuition usually work full-time throughout college.

The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 — introduced by House Democrats — can help these students.

This is in contrast to President Trump’s announcement in 2017 — that he would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Trump’s move against DACA was blocked by two federal courts.

Meanwhile, these Filipino students hope higher education can be more accessible.

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  • Mario
    14 March 2019 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I dont not believe the Dream and Promised Act, this is a repeatition during the OBAMA regime, they just used our Filipino leaders to advertised how good the Democrat leaders when it comes to immigration. But look what happen to Jose Vargas, he goes State to State, CNN, FOX,all TV channels, radios, county to county to preach about DACA, blame the GOP,until now he is still a DACA, his Democrat master abandoned and used him to the max. Eight years of OBAMA they never solve any immigration reform its all talk.
    Wake -up. At least this President tried to give 1.8 Million Dreamers for path to citizenship but Democrat abandoned it.