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What the end of DACA means for community college students in California




West Los Angeles College in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016.
West Los Angeles College in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016.
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It's been 24 hours since the White House announced it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). 

Emotions are running high among students on campuses across California's public school systems. 

There are reportedly more than 70-thousand undocumented students are enrolled in the Cal State and UC school systems. Another 60-thousand are enrolled in California's community colleges.

Officials estimate that about half of these students have DACA status right now. 

What will happen to tuition and financial aid? What about Federal-Work Study? Will these students have to drop out of school? 

Those are just some questions on many people's minds.

We hear from the community of Pasadena City College as well as Eloy Ortiz Oakley about the future of DACA recipients in the California school system. 

 

 

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