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Financial aid to be provided to undocumented immigrant students

The former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, recently assumed the role as being the president of the University of California's 10-campus system. One of her first actions was to set aside $5 million for assistance to pay for advisors, student services centers and financial aid for undocumented immigrant students.

This funding at the University of California is said to have been intended to at least somewhat offset a ban on federal assistance for undocumented immigrants.  This is one of a variety of efforts in California to help such individuals out.  California has already allowed many undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition.  These students will now be eligible for both state and University of California financial aid.

It should be common knowledge that the ability to receive an education could later bring about greater employment opportunity for anyone.  And it also appears that California is making a number of efforts to expand the rights of the immigrant population. California has allowed for undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses. It's also made it illegal for employers to threaten to retaliate against their workers by reporting upon their immigration status.

We currently have 2.6 million individuals lacking legal status in California. The $5 million is expected to benefit the 900 undocumented immigrants that are reportedly in the University of California school system. Though this will only affect a relatively small number of students, this is at least a beginning.

Employment-based immigration attorneys can assist undocumented immigrants concerning any number of issues involving their ability to make a living in California. These attorneys can also assist businesses that would like to take advantage of the work skills that such immigrants can bring to our country.

Source: Fox News, "University of California System Will Spend $5 Million In Financial Aid For Undocumented Students," Oct. 31, 2013

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