The Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Board of Directors approved a $10,000 donation to be awarded to the Dreamer Resource Center (DRC) Student Emergency Grant Fund, designed to help undocumented students and students in mixed-status families remain in school and pursue their degree. This donation is specifically geared towards assisting students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) application renewals and/or any unanticipated expenses that a Sacramento State student may encounter, in accordance with the Fund’s eligibility policy.
Since 2012, DACA has provided undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the United States as children, protection from deportation and has allowed them the right to work and pursue a higher education degree. With the future of the DACA now uncertain, as the Trump administration announced plans to rescind a program, ASI student leaders took action to support Sacramento State students faced by the possibility of deportation.
ASI President Mia Kagianas is committed to making sure that Sacramento State’s undocumented student population is supported. “Regardless of the fate of the DACA program, ASI is committed to supporting, empowering, and advocating for the rights and needs of our students. ASI is prepared to support students who are impacted by the outcome of the program.”
The Department of Homeland Security states that DACA recipients whose permits expire by March 5, 2018, will be allowed to apply for a two-year renewal by October 5, 2017. After October 5, 2017, currently enrolled recipients will be allowed to work until the expiration of their permits. DACA renewal application fees cost approximately $495.00 per individual filing, and ASI is committed to offsetting some of this cost for Sacramento State students.