The importance of Oct. 5 for DACA students

Montgomery College is offering financial assistance for reapplication process

ROCKVILLE, Md. - "Right now, we're in an urgent time for students, because there are deadlines looming,” said Marcus Rosano, Director of Communications, Montgomery College.

Oct. 5 is the date to remember for undocumented immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program.

The window closed earlier this month for new applicants, but those whose protected status expires between now and March 5, 2018 can re-apply.

One local nonprofit is offering financial assistance.

"For instance, if a student has $200 to put forward for their DACA reapplication, the Montgomery College Foundation will come and help them with the $300 that they need,” Rosano said.

The nonprofit set aside about $10,000 to assist DACA students looking to reapply.

Applications hover around $500 each, and if granted, would provide another two years of protection from deportation.

Officials said currently about 300 DACA students attend the community college.

“It's limited and based on need," Rosano said.

But in order to even aid students financially, beneficiaries need to know the opportunity exists.

"Right now, a lot of these students are very confused, as much as the country, is about DACA,” Rosano said.

The student government on all three of Montgomery College's campuses will be addressing confusion around DACA in a series of forums.

The Rockville Student Senate's event will be held in the Science Center Wednesday evening.

"[Students] were asking about DACA,” said Jordy Diaz, 2nd Vice President, Rockville Student Senate. “When they wanted to know about it, we wanted to inform them about it.”

Diaz said the Rockville Student Senate is unanimously urging Congress to defend the program.

Recent polls show that 86 percent of Americans support a right to residency for undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children.


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