June 22, 2016
Yesterday, more than 100 Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Education Secretary John King urging the Administration to expand TRIO eligibility to include students who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") program.Under DACA, undocumented youth who came to the United States as children and meet other eligibility criteria may apply for temporary exemption from deportation. While the legislation governing TRIO does not limit access by such students, regulations issued by the Department of Education in 2010 stipulate that only U.S. citizens or permanent residents may participate in TRIO programs. This effort, which was led by Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO-2), Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15), and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI-4), garnered the support of 113 House Representatives.
A copy of the letter is available by clicking here. Visit Congressman Polis' press page for more information about this effort. Lend your support by using the hashtag #TRIO4ALL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.