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February 23, 2017

Los Angeles Times

Far fewer students than last year have applied for financial aid through the California Dream Act so far this year, and advocates are trying to encourage them to do so before the March 2 deadline.

"I believe that students are not filing because they're afraid to file," said Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, the organization that administers state financial aid.

February 21, 2017

The New York Times

Under Trumps new deportation executive order, immigration agents, customs officers, and border patrol agents have been directed to remove anyone convicted of any criminal offense.

That includes people convicted of fraud in any official matter before a governmental agency and people who “have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits.”

The order also calls upon law enforcement to start deporting people immediately. 

February 15, 2017

SF Gate

SEATTLE — A Seattle-area man who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child but was protected from deportation under a policy by former President Barack Obama is suing the federal government over his arrest and detention last week.


U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court.

The man's lawyers say this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody.

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February 10, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle

Yongbin Chang, a junior economics major at UC Berkeley, came to California from South Korea at age 3 and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School near Sacramento with a grade point average well over 4.0. Thanks to DACA, he can work as a resident assistant in a dorm, which pays for his housing and food, and has a part-time job that pays $900 per month. 

Students in California who meet certain requirements have access to the same state aid available to California residents.

February 9, 2017

The New York Times

A three-judge federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously refused to reinstate President Trump’s targeted travel ban, delivering the latest and most stinging judicial rebuke to his effort to make good on a campaign promise and tighten the standards for entry into the United States.