DACA Students

Attention DREAMers: For those who are not informed about this issue, read closely.

DACA is in place for one reason. That is, as long as we can qualify for DACA, we can get legally employed and get right with the laws of the United States. We are given the temporal right to seek employment, avoid deportation, and apply for a drivers license. Those are the cold hard benefits. The Obama Administration did right by creating deferred action in a way that would get passed through the senate. Although DACA has helped our immigration situation in this country as young DREAMers, it still hasn't cured other very vital issues we have to face day to day. 

The reality is that most of DACA beneficiaries are seeking higher education in professional studies at small and local community colleges to ivy league institutions and we are getting discriminated at these campuses. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), "Twenty states offer in-state tuition to unauthorized immigrant students, 16 by state legislative action and four by state university systems." The question is why does this have to be a state legislature policy? Why not just offer in-state tuition across the United States to those who qualify and benefit from DACA? Wouldn't it be a lot simpler to do so instead of having yet another obstacle immigrant students have to tackle? The answer is simple, money in politics. The fact of the matter is that universities can already over charge to those who travel to the U.S. with a student visa, considered international students. Given that DACA students are technically "international students", colleges have the legal right to charge how ever they see fit. Below is a graphic demonstrating states who offer in-state tuition and those who offer in-state tuition along with financial aid benefits. For further details on this developing legislature click here.