Opinion: Gang of 8: Dreamers Deserve Financial Aid

"For those of us who have been advocating for a good immigration reform bill, we're excited to be one step closer to a relatively sensible piece of legislation. The bi-partisan bill is the result of true compromise: a lot of good, some bad and a little ugly. Dreamers, or young people who were brought to the country before age 16 and qualify for the DREAM Act, are set to benefit the most," Charlene Obernauer writes in The Huffington Post. "Regardless of their current age, if Dreamers can prove that they got here before they were 16, they'll be put on a five-year path to citizenship. Dreamers that already applied for deferred action will be put on a fast track towards Registered Provisional Immigrant Status. So it seems like they got the best deal, and in a way, they did. But for young Dreamers who are struggling to get an education, the increasing cost of college is going to be a huge barrier to their success. Unlike low-income U.S. citizens, Dreamers will be unable to access financial aid, state, or federal scholarships, and will likely be ineligible for many loans. Instead of going to college, 39 percent of Dreamers will be forced into a low-income economy with little opportunities because their tentative status makes them ineligible for financial aid."

 

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