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In California, fear may be driving eligible immigrant youth from applying for college financial aid

In California, fear may be driving eligible immigrant youth from applying for college financial aid

Politics
Applications for the California Dream Act—which allows eligible undocumented immigrant youth access to state financial aid for college—are down.  "We're 20,000 students behind," said the California Student Aid Commission’s Lupita Cortez Alcalá. With a deadline about two weeks away, officials say applications are at one-half of what they were last year, and they’re pretty sure they know why: College counselors and Cortez Alcalá cite immigrant families' increasing distrust of the government. Students are especially concerned about the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which hangs in the balance. "There's rumors about ICE raids all the time — some unfounded and some maybe founded," said Jane Slater, a teacher at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, Calif.
Maybe NYCHA Gets More State Aid Because it is Really, Really Big

Maybe NYCHA Gets More State Aid Because it is Really, Really Big

Breaking News
Jarrett MurphyA view of the Castle Hill Houses from the Castle Hill Houses, which has more than 2,000 apartments. That’s more than the entire public-housing portfolio of Albany, Schenectady or Troy.   There is much to digest in the statement that came on Thursday afternoon from the state capitol indicating that Governor Cuomo is open to declaring a state of emergency at NYCHA. In it, counsel Alphonso David, responding to a letter from City Councilmember Robert Cornegy, says “the situation at the New York City Public Housing Authority is intolerable” that the state “stands ready to help in any way possible,” that Cuomo’s support for NYCHA has been “unprecedented and historic” and that ” the problem is not merely funding, but even mo...
Bilingual? Tarjimly lets you help a refugee or aid worker right now

Bilingual? Tarjimly lets you help a refugee or aid worker right now

Breaking News
 All over the world, language barriers are limiting the ability of refugees and immigrants to seek help, and aid workers to provide it. Tarjimly is a new service that connects people who speak one language but need to speak in another, with a person who speaks both — in just a couple minutes. They’re part of Y Combinator’s latest batch and are gearing up for a proper launch. Read More