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$20M In State Funds For Dreamers Will Help Cover Renewal Fees

A DACA sign is shown in this undated photo.

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$20M In State Funds For Dreamers Will Help Cover Renewal Fees


Kate Clark, immigration attorney, Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Itzel Guillen, immigrant integration manager, Alliance San Diego


California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders last week allocated $20 million for nonprofits to help Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients renew their status. Some of that money will cover the $495 application fee for low-income DACA recipients based on demand.

President Trump said earlier this month he would phase out the program, but recipients whose status would expire between Sept. 5 and March 5 have until Oct. 5 to reapply one last time.

Jewish Family Service of San Diego has received a portion of the California funds, which it says will cover 180 low-income applicants' fees. The group is holding a DACA renewal workshop Sept. 27 at its Kearny Mesa office.

Agencies and schools are also using non-state funds to help cover those fees. Alliance San Diego said it received donations and grants that will allow it pay for about 120 applicants. Alliance is holding a workshop Friday at Church of the Resurrection in Escondido.

UC San Diego said it has about 50 students eligible to renew their DACA status and the university has secured funds to support all of them. Mission Asset Fund has set aside $500,000 for students at community colleges, California State universities and University of California schools.

Alliance San Diego estimated there are about 3,300 DACA recipients in San Diego and Imperial counties who are eligible to renew.

Kate Clark, an immigration attorney with Jewish Family Service of San Diego, and Itzel Guillen, Alliance San Diego's immigrant integration manager, joined KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss their DACA renewal outreach.


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