With the recent issues surrounding the containment of unauthorized children entering the United States with parents, it comes as a breath of relief that the University of San Diego School of Law has created a scholarship fund with childhood arrivals in mind. Young children who arrive in the United Sates as unauthorized immigrants may not have as many options as those who were born and raised in San Diego. This new scholarship is meant to be a shining beacon of hope to those who grew up and call San Diego home, but never truly felt like part of the city.
The new scholarship program will help those who don’t have the ability to access federal funding, making more opportunities for children who have the brains to succeed in the USD School of Law classes but might not have the funds to apply.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
The DACA program or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was a policy held, pre-President Trump, which gave special permission to unauthorized immigrant children to stay in the country and defer from deportation to work or go to school. The program helped keep children in the country to reach their dreams but didn’t offer much support in the way of funding.
Statistics for DACA kids show that most can’t even find the funding to obtain an undergraduate degree, with even fewer continuing into graduate programs. The University of San Diego of Law wants to change this by offering these hard-working youths, and adults, the opportunity to complete law school. This is something many can’t afford, even if they’ve spent their lives working full-time to contribute to education costs.
For many DACA students, the money they earn by working helps provide for the family, especially if parents are unable to work due to lack of a U.S. citizenship. Financial hardship perpetuates more hardship when not addressed, and the University of San Diego of Law saw this and responded in kind.
Unfortunately, the DACA program recipients are no longer protected by the policy and must now fight the federal government to continue the program. Although its future isn’t yet certain, current DACA recipients can renew their permits for the moment and continue the fight to extend the program or create a new one.
This amazing scholarship opportunity provides students with a minimum of $35,000 toward the program, which is spent over a 6-year course of the completion of law school. The school hopes that this is just the beginning, and that in the future more money will be offered for a greater contribution to this program and possibly other programs at the University.
If more scholarships of this nature were available to DACA students, it could help increase the San Diego economy, provide better jobs for the youth of America, and offer hope to those who are left with little. Will more Universities follow the lead which USDSL began? It would certainly be beneficial to unauthorized students across California, but the future is unclear.