In 2015 nearly 65,000 undocumented students graduated from high school in the United States, according to Educators for Fair Consideration, an advocacy group for undocumented immigrants. Most arrived in the United States as children. They consider the United States their home and although they technically are not, they think of themselves citizens. Having grown up here, the U.S. is the only homeland they have ever known.
The election of Donald J. Trump as president has so rattled some immigrant families that they are skipping, or perhaps just delaying as long as possible, the chance for state-funded California Dream Act grants that pay a large chunk of costs to attend a community college, a California State University, a University of California or an independent college. Katharine Gin explains further explains the resons of such decrease in applications this year.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program has allowed undocumented immigrants like Jirayut Latthivongskorn (former E4FC scholar and Pre-Health Dreamers co-founder) to attend medical school for the first time. Now his future is in question, as president-elect Donald Trump has pledged to “immediately terminate” the program.
Katharine Gin, Executive Director of Educators for Fair Consideration, said that DACA has been "essential to people feeling like there is going to be a payoff to the investment they put in their education."
"The group Educators for Fair Consideration released an open letter to undocumented young people on Friday offering support and suggestions for what they can do now—including looking into other forms of immigration relief and being familiar with their rights."
A new project to help encourage social endeavors led by undocumented men and women was announced this week by a consortium of partners including Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos. The project is designed to support the entrepreneurial pursuits of the nearly 4.5 million young people without legal status in the United States…the project is an extension of Educators for Fair Consideration, a San Francisco-based nonprofit group dedicated to empowering "young people to pursue their dreams of college, career, and citizenship in the United States." Ramos was a supporter of the program and decided to extend further support to expand the reach of the group’s mission.
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.