Twelve north county dreamers at Paso Robles and Shandon high schools receive $500 scholarships to attend college.
The Hispanic Business Association, the Hispanic Community Foundation and five local businesses awarding the students scholarship at an awards ceremony held recently at the San Miguel Parish hall. The HBA has awarded scholarships for the past five years.
Paso Robles high school principal Eric Martinez spoke at the event. He thanked the HBA for honoring the kids. He said, “I show up very day to work hard for them.”
The local sponsors of the scholarships include Siegel’s Jewelry in Paso Robles, Leticia’s First Class Cleaning, Authur Henry AJ Ramos, Blue Moon Southwestern Bar and Grill and Mary Kay consultant Maria Elena Garcia.
The dreamers are among thousands of young Mexicans and central Americans who immigrated in mass into the United States as children and youth. President Obama gave them the name dreamers. It’s a euphemism for DACA, a federal government program created by Obama in 2012 to protect about 800,000 illegal aliens under the deferred action for childhood arrivals. Most of the young people received free education, free health care and free meals at public schools.
President Donald Trump is revisiting the DACA program. Attorney general Jeff Sessions says the US will end DACA. Most Americans support the enforcement of immigration laws.