9/5/2017 - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson denounced President Trump’s decision to suspend the federal Dream Act and told California public school students and their families that California will keep protecting and supporting them by continuing the California Dream Act.
On September 5, 2017, President Trump suspended the 2012 federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program allowed young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children to continue to live, study and work in the U.S. President Trump provided Congress six months to determine legislatively how to address undocumented students moving forward.
More than 200,000 of these students live in California. However, the State of California has its own California Dream Act, which is unrelated to federal DACA. The California Dream Act allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid for college. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) operates this program. The CSAC has stated that it will take all available legal precautions to protect confidential student information. The information collected by CSAC is used solely to determine eligibility for state financial aid and is not shared with any other government agency.
For additional information, please visit the California Department of Education’s website.