DACA students keep financial aid

By Chloe Wilhelm - Staff Reporter

OLYMPIA -- Undocumented students in Washington would not lose their financial aid eligibility if the DACA program is eliminated by the federal government, according to a new bill in the Legislature.

House Bill 1488, also known as the Washington Dream Act 2.0, would make sure these students remain eligible for financial aid, which includes programs such as the College Bound Scholarship.

DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an immigration program that was introduced by the Obama Administration in 2012.

For immigrants who came to the United States when they were minors, the program allows a renewable two-year period of deferred action and work permit eligibility.

Currently, the program supports approximately 800,000 people, known as Dreamers.

Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, introduced the bill during a press conference in here last week.

"There are students in Washington who are eligible for financial aid or resident student status for in-state tuition because of DACA," said Rep. Hansen. "If DACA goes away, then those students will not be eligible anymore."

Rep. Hansen said the goal is to make sure that students will still receive financial aid, regardless of what the Trump administration does with DACA in the future.

Joining Rep. Hansen at the press conference was Michael Schutzler, the CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association. He discussed how the bill relates to the technology industry in Washington.

Schutzler said 70 percent of the venture capital companies in the United States were formed by immigrants. They create jobs for Americans, he said.

"Dreamers want to serve this country because it's the only home they've ever known," he said. "We should do all we can to help them succeed."

Daniella Murguia, an undocumented student attending University of Washington-Bothell, also discussed the importance of the bill. Not only would it help her pay for college tuition, but it would also help her younger sister, she said.

"My younger sister signed the pledge for [the] College Bound Scholarship, however she cannot access [it] for the same reason: her status as undocumented and not having DACA," she said. "We all deserve access to higher education."

She said that a lack of financial aid has led to many personal challenges, particularly for her older sister.

"My older sister is the one who has had the toughest experience with aid for college, where she couldn't access money for several years," Murguia said.

She explained that her sister almost had to drop out of the University of Washington-Seattle due to lack of aid.

Graciela Nuñez, a recent graduate of the University of Washington-Seattle and a DACA recipient, stressed the importance of receiving financial aid, as well as the consequences of eliminating DACA.

"As an American, it's difficult to think of my presence as a temporary and scrutinized commodity," she said. "This is a step in the right direction."

At the press conference, she urged attendees to remember that the work being done to support undocumented students does not end in Legislature.

"I do want to urge everyone in this room that the battle does not end here," she said. "It extends outside the Legislature and extends into our country to echo the words from the elected officials."

A version of the bill passed the State House Appropriations Committee in 2017 before being re-introduced in the current legislative session.

The current bill had a hearing last week in the Higher Education Committee, and was scheduled for a committee vote on Wednesday.

DACA students keep financial aid

OLYMPIA -- Undocumented students in Washington would not lose their financial ...

LatinX creates place for diverse students

Before she made her mark as the president of the LatinX Student Association, E...

Keywords important to get accurate searches

Keywords are critical when researching onweb-sourced information sites, a High...

Building 26 gets life support

Highline students called for an open-minded president from a diverse backgroun...

MLK Week speaker urges students voices

Talks to provide funding for the renovation of Building 26 at Highline are bac...

Highline alumni get political

The number of Highline alumni making their marks on local politics is increasi...

We all learn from hurtful words

Donald Trump shared his thoughts on the bipartisan deal to protect the safety ...

Story needed more research

Dear Editor: Thank you for writing the Nov. 22 article on King County Counci...

The man who changed the war

Many people of color like myself, do feel included by the national anthem. F...

Club Fair next Tuesday

If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

Help with Transfer Portfolio

Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year school but need help with their personal statement essay can attend a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will take place in the MESA Center in Building 25 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Students who want their portfolios reviewed by a representative from surrounding colleges will have that opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will take place in the Mt. Constance room from 1:30-4 p.m. Students must register by Jan. 25. You can register in Building 6 in the Transfer Center, or online at bit.ly/tprd-wtr18.

Women's Programs giving tree brings gifts to children

The annual Women’s Program Giving Tree raised enough contributions to help 27 families, which helped give gifts to 70 children. The Women Program and WorkFirst Services Office sponsored the event in December.

Academic Success Centers open house

The Academic Success Centers is holding an open house today from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on floor 6 of the Library. Students will be able to inquire about AANAPISI, the Math Resource Center, MESA, Puente, the Tutoring Center, Umoja, and the Writing Center. The Academic Success Centers offers help on assignments, and has tutoring services.

Enrollment higher in 2018

King's work more important than ever

Rapture, Blister, Burn

Lady T-Birds rip off three-game streak

Public safety drills coming soon

Dwamish tribe tryies to acquire recognition

We all learn from hurtful words

FW Symphony hopes you love 'Vienna'

Men's wrestling drops dual

DACA students keep financial aid

All shook up

Story needed more research

Scaling 'The Wall'

Offensive struggles plague T-Birds

LatinX creates place for diverse students

Students like diversity but not long lines

The man who changed the war

Answer that dead guy's cellphone at Centerstage

Hey coach, I think I tore my ACL

Keywords important to get accurate searches