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California "dreamers" receive $5 million in student financial aid

People’s feelings are often mixed on those who immigrated to the U.S. illegally. One the one hand, they may understand these immigrant’s desires to enjoy the benefits and opportunities available to themselves and their families here. At the same time, most in Miami also recognize the need to follow the proper legal channels in order to enter the country, and that the failure by many to do so has led to many of the immigration restrictions that we see today. Yet those mixed feelings haven’t stopped many public and private organizations from offering assistance to illegals to help in improving their lives and those of the people in their communities, whether they remain in the U.S. or return to their native countries.

Such assistance has recently been extended to students currently attending schools in the University of California public university system. The newly-appointed president of the UC system has agreed to allocate $5 million to provide financial assistance and school counseling for students who are illegal immigrants. Counseling offered through this program will cover everything from school-related issues to advice on applying for residency.

One of the first meetings that new president held after her appointment to the position was with a handful of the estimated 900 illegal immigrant students, many of whom were brought to the U.S. by their parents because of the failed U.S. Dream Act, which offered selected youth a chance at permanent residency. Dubbed “dreamers,” these students will now have access to resources to better help them adjust to university life.

Many will continue to monitor the current debate over immigration reform with great personal interest. Yet in the absence of any new developments, those looking for a path to permanent residency or citizenship should continue to look for those programs in already place to help them in reaching that goal. An immigration attorney may be a valuable resource for information on such initiatives.

Source: CBS Sacramento “UC President Napolitano Pledges $5M To Aid Students Living In US Illegally” Oct. 30, 2013

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