Life as an undocumented student

By Rogelio Alvarez Never take voting for granted because many undocumented students like myself feel powerless against anti-immigration laws because we cannot vote. East Los Angeles College students, faculty and staff affected by the current anti-immigration laws should stand together in solidarity and oppose xenophobia. ELAC is a sanctuary campus and students can feel at ease knowing they can attend their classes without worrying about an immigration raid. No one…

March 2, 2017

Free legal assistance offers help with DACA

By Francisco Portillo  Undocumented students at East Los Angeles College have the opportunity to receive free legal assistance from attorneys by applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in E1-227. A partnership between the Dream Resource Center and the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (LIJC), students can meet with an attorney that specializes in immigrant justice for free. DACA, created by President Obama in 2012, offers temporary deportation relief for…

September 29, 2016

Dream on: loan program to help undocumented students

By Jose Rojas An estimated 10,000 undocumented undergraduate students enrolled at University of California or California State University campuses will be                                 able to qualify for a special loan aimed to reduce their tuition. California Govenor Jerry Brown signed The Dream Loan Program into law in 2014, but funding didn’t become available until last month. The Dream Loan…

March 9, 2016

Former undocumented student advocates on immigrant rights

By Ali Corona Michael Geovanny Felix, a 19-year-old former undocumented student at East Los Angeles College never worried about his immigration status. He grew up a normal kid in East Los Angeles from the age of five. In his junior year of high school, Felix realized he would need to have proper documentation to attend college. “The problems begin when you want to go to college,” Felix said. Felix was…

May 16, 2013

Undocumented students access to Cal Grant not popular

By Andrea Gonzalez Here at East Los Angeles College as well as other colleges, undocumented students struggle every semester to pay their tuition because they do not have access to financial aid. However, starting next year, undocumented students will be able to request the Cal Grant due to the California Dream Act. The California Dream Act gives undocumented students who meet certain requirements the opportunity to apply for this aid….

November 27, 2012