Undocumented College Students Prohibited From Accessing Emergency Relief

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Betsy DeVos announced that undocumented students will not be able to receive any of the $6 billion package for universities to provide relief for students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Pictured: September 2017 DACA protest at the White House. (Victoria Pickering)

On April 9, the White House published a press release stating that $6 billion would be “immediately” distributed to universities to provide relief for students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, over a week later, on April 20, Politico reported that less than 1 percent of said emergency cash grants have actually been distributed to universities.

This slowness and inaction is a result of yet another inadequately executed policy from the U.S. Education Department—which failed to provide a clear outline for how the money…

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