People walk near Sather Gate on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, June 1, 2011.
Undocumented immigrants attending the University of California at Berkeley may soon have a designated safe space on campus, as well as an $800,000 fund to meet their financial needs.
School Chancellor Carol Christ announced the plan Tuesday, the Daily Californian reported.
They had a meeting with Luis Mora, a junior at the university who was detained in December by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying in the US on a visitor visa issued in 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle.
The school proposal, called a “Undocuaction Plan,” aims to help students who participate in THE (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the Obama-era program that delays deportation for people who came to the U.S. illegally as children. Mora came to the U.S. from Ecuador.
Christ hopes the undocumented student resource center in March, with the intention to eventually create a permanent space, the Daily Californian reported. In addition, $800,000 in funding is reserved for one semester of the 2018-19 academic year, in which undocumented students that are no longer DACA status can get $2500 basic needs of the grants.
Students who are not undocumented are eligible for the $1,500 in the basic needs of grants, with an additional $50,000 awarded for the “special cases”, the Daily Californian reported.
“I really think that it is a very generous program, but there are also other ways in which it can be improved so that it is fairer for everyone,” Mora told the newspaper. “Nothing can be achieved at one time. … The small effects, the small victories are going to ultimately take us to the path that we all want.”
“I really think that it is a very generous program, but there are also other ways in which it can be improved so that it is fairer for everyone.”
– Luis Mora, junior at UC Berkeley
Mora presented at the campus job opportunities as a better solution, but told the newspaper that he is still grateful for the way in which the school is addressing the non-community.
The proposal must still get approval from the UC Office of the President, the Daily Californian reported.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.