Less California immigrant students seek help college

LOS ANGELES – There is a significant decline in the applications for college financial aid by California’s students who are in the country illegally after he was brought to the U.S. as young children.

The Los Angeles Times reports that as of Monday 19,141 students had applied for aid under the California Dream Act, and the application deadline is March 1. The number is slightly more than half of last year in total.

College counselors say that this reflects the increasing distrust of the government among immigrant families, as well as the uncertainty about the status of the separate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — better known as DACA.

Teacher Jane Slater at Sequoia High in Redwood City advises a club for students in the country without legal permission. She says students are more afraid for their family than for themselves.

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