HISD answers questions about DACA in town hall

President Trump's decision to cancel DACA has created so much uncertainty for so many HISD students.

President Trump's decision to cancel DACA has created so much uncertainty for so many HISD students. 

"Our students are a little bit fearful since DACA is phasing out," said Josie Trevino, the manager of HISD's College Readiness program. 

Trevino says the bulk of questions over DACA come into her office. 

"They began to question, 'what does it mean to me, can I continue to go to college, or can I even apply for financial aid?'" said Trevino.

Monday afternoon HISD set out to ease those fears and answer questions about how DACA's slow phasing out will impact student's lives. At the town hall, three students asked questions in silhouette, too afraid to show their faces. 

But other students and teachers came forward to ask questions about their futures.

"Hopefully we can continue to provide a sense of hope that they need education," said Trevino. "Not going to school is not the answer."

HISD and the Sheriff reiterated that whatever happens with DACA, it should not and will not limit their ability to study and get an education. The district and Sheriff's office do not ask for immigration status. Education they say it a right regardless of status.

"That's basically how I take the word 'Dreamer,"" said Trevino. "These aren't just students who don't have social security cards, but they have a dream and they continue to believe in that dream here in the United States."

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