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Chicanos Por La Causa is teaming up with the foundations of Arizona's three public universities and two largest community college districts to raise private funds to ensure that DACA recipients at these institutions can finish what they started and graduate from college.

100% of funds raised will go directly to assist students enrolled at our partner institutions. There are more than 1,500 DACA students at Arizona public colleges and universities with stories like Jemimah and Perla:

Jemimah

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Jemimah came to the United States when she was three years old. As the daughter of agricultural workers, she grew up with almost nothing. At one point, her family of six lived in a tiny two-room apartment.

With no memory at all of living in Mexico, Jemimah did not know what immigration status was growing up. She had no idea that it was the reason her family had a much harder time finding steady work than the neighbors.

It wasn’t until high school, when her friends started getting jobs and driving, that Jemimah realized she was undocumented and, as a result, left behind. While her friends were able to move on to college, Jemimah was not able to enroll prior to gaining DACA status.

Frustrated by her inability to move forward, Jemimah was determined to find purpose in her life however she could. She started volunteering: during the week as a mentor for middle-school girls in an after-school program, and on weekends feeding the homeless. This experience inspired her current career aspiration: to become a teacher and make a positive impact on youth like those she mentored.

Once her DACA status finally was processed, Jemimah enrolled at ASU and earned straight A’s in her first semester.

However, with DACA recipients no longer eligible for in-state tuition, Jemimah’s education—and the education of many like her—are in jeopardy again. Jemimah has managed to scrape together enough scholarships to cover her education through her sophomore year, but she does not know yet whether she will be able to continue.

Perla

Perla came to the United States at five years old to join her mother and father, who were already working as landscapers in the US.

Her immigration status caused her to grow up far too soon. With Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration raids in full swing by the time she was in second grade, she was burdened with her family’s emergency plan in case her parents should be apprehended.

This constant source of stress drove her to achieve academically. She joined a college-prep club in 6th grade and from then on made it a goal to earn straight A’s in order to increase her chances of earning an opportunity to attend college.

When the DACA program was introduced during Perla’s freshman year, her family celebrated. Finally, her older brother would be able to legally work, and Perla had a real shot at attending college. However, while she was able to attend, her immigration status disqualified her from financial aid.

Perla’s parents recognized the importance of an education, and they insisted that Perla earn her bachelor’s degree at whatever cost. Her family is working hard to pay full tuition out of pocket. Every semester is a challenge to scrape together the funds. There is no room for extraneous expenses or error. Perla chose to pursue a high-paying STEM career because her ultimate goal is to give everything back to her family which continues to fight to make her education possible.

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