Leaders of higher education are in Sacramento with an urgent call to action for dreamers. They say the time to renew DACA applications is now and there’s plenty of help available.
The leaders of California’s public universities and community colleges are telling dreamers the time to act is now. University of California President Janet Napolitano, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, and CSU Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Loren J. Blanchard join Attorney General Xavier Bacerra to call on all DACA applicants to renew while an injunction is in place.
"If your status is expiring or did expire, consider renewing your DACA application now," said Bacerra at a morning press conference. "Not only is DACA alive but the homeland security department is accepting renewal applications from (those very) DACA recipients now."
Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley says dreamers offer benefits to the state’s bottom line. "Our students, our dreamers, our DACA students are tremendous economic assets in the 114 communities that we serve,"
Each university offers a variety of free services, some funded through non-profit organizations to help dreamers apply and deal with the other hardships they may encounter.