Though seemingly counterintuitive, undocumented immigrants assert that it’s practical to start a business — because they’re betting on themselves. While DACA has afforded an estimated 700,000 undocumented immigrants the security of staying in the U.S. and being employable, their futures remain highly uncertain and unpredictable.
“All of us — with or without DACA — and our family members can get deported at any time. My parents and I have thought about what we’d do if we are forced to leave, like consolidating bank accounts and starting a business in our home country,” said liana Perez, a DACA recipient and the head of Immigrants Rising, E4FC's initiative that helps undocumented youth pursue entrepreneurship.
On October 8th, Katharine Gin, E4FC's Executive Director, shared her excitement about passage of AB 131, the second half of the CA Dream Act. Read Dreams No Longer Deferred, Students Say in Mission Loc@l.
On July 8th, Jose Arreola, E4FC's Outreach Coordinator, was featured on KQED's Perspectives with his piece, Get to Know Me. "On a cross-country drive, Jose Arreola must tell a close friend his deepest secret -- he's undocumented." Listen to Jose's story.
On July 26, 2010, Bruce Lesley talked about E4FC Application Coordinator Laura Lopez in his article Their DREAM Can Wait No Longer in The Huffington Post.
On July 21, 2010, three E4FC students were featured in SF Weekly's cover story, The Education Trap. Read profiles of E4FC Scholar "Jaime Torres," E4FC Graduate Advisor Beleza Chan, and E4FC Graduate Advisor Prerna Lal.
On March 17, 2010, The Huffington Post ran a story about E4FC Ambassador Ju Hong and other Korean undocumented students. Read Minsuk Kim's "Korean Americans March for America." Check out Ju's blog.
The Winter 2010 issue of theJournal of College Admission featured six articles by E4FC about undocumented student issues (five by Katharine Gin, one by Beleza Chan). The Journal provides college admission counseling professionals with lively, challenging discourse on issues relevant to the admission counseling field. Download the articles here.
On October 22, 2009, the Oakland Tribune ran a story about E4FC Ambassador Ju Hong. Read about all the amazing things that Ju is doing to work for passage of the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. You can also catch his regular blogs on our student website: S4FC.org.
On October 21, 2009, The Skyline View interviewed E4FC Ambassador Yoshi Mendez about her efforts to reinvigorate the club Em-Powering Ourselves to Demand Educational Rights (PODER). Read about how PODER is supporting AB540 undocumented immigrant students at Skyline College.
On August 17th, 2009, over 2,000 community leaders listened to E4FC Ambassador Ju Hong give testimony about the impact of federal immigration policies on him and his family. "It is difficult for me to attend college," said Ju. "I am unable to get a legal job, obtain a driver's license, or receive financial aid. I have no equal access to educational opportunities. Every night, I face fear of deportation. Sometimes I wake up in horror, with nightmares of immigration enforcement banging on my door to arrest my family and me." Read more about the immigration action. See photos.
On June 21, 2009, Univision 14 ran a story about E4FC's new Student Ambassador Program. Find out more about the program here.
On May 7, 2009, E4FC facilitated a panel discussion about undocumented students at Stanford University's School of Education. See event flyer for more details.
On May 3, 2009, E4FC led a workshop for college counselors at the 2nd Annual "Achieve Your Dreams" AB540 Conference (presented by Rising Immigrant Scholars Through Education). Conference is in West Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union, UC Berkeley. Register here.
On April 12, 2009, E4FC scholarship students were featured in an ABC News Good Morning America story called "Students in the Shadows: Undocumented Students Struggle Toward College." Watch the feature and read the full article here.