The expansion for new programs under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, or DACA, is currently in limbo due to a federal court order.
The Obama administration implemented DACA for those who came to the United States as children and met several guidelines to be eligible for a renewable two-year work authorization.
In order to assist DACA and undocumented students of Texas State University, the Student Community of Progressive Empowerment (SCOPE) was created.
President of SCOPE, Juan Jaimes, says the organization allows “students to see higher education as a goal. A lot of them come here and they don’t have the resources. A lot of them get here because a mentor someone told them: “Hey, you know, you can go to college, there is financial aid available for you.”
“A lot of them make it here but, then it’s difficult for them to stay because either they can’t afford housing, they can’t afford tuition, or any other expenses that come along with college,” added Jaimes.
The current limbo does not affect previously established DACA applicants. SCOPE is the first student formed organization to serve and support DACA and undocumented students in the history of Texas State.
“So what SCOPE does is try to find the proper resources and try to connect them with scholarships, with faculty and staff, or sources of that nature that will allow them to stay here and pursue a four-year degree.”
More information about Undocumented and DACA Student Resources can be found online.