State Senate expands college aid for Dreamers

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington is poised to continue offering college aid to so-called Dreamers, even if Congress doesn’t act to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.The state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that would allow undocumented immigrants of college age, who were brought to the United States as children and graduated from a Washington high school, to be eligible for some new types of state financial aid.That would be true for a student currently allowed to stay in the country under DACA even if Congress doesn’t pass legislation before a March 5 deadline, allowing some students’ protection to expire.“With the debate over DACA, they don’t know what their status is,” Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, the bill’s sponsor said.Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, said extending state financial aid to Dreamers was a simple matter of social justice. “This is the right thing to do,” he said.GOP amendments failBut some other Republicans balked. Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said the bill was adding Dreamers to the College Bound scholarship program without guaranteeing there will be enough money to cover the extra demand. He tried unsuccessfully to add an amendment requiring the supplemental budget have an extra $5 million for the program or the legislation would be void.last_img read more

September 19, 2019 0