Dream house

Wait until the extended families arrive and there are 40 people living in a three bedroom, bath and a half house.

Via Campus Reform

Free housing will soon be available for DREAMers—illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children—attending the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA).

The Dream Homes initiative, the latest project by nonprofit organization Sand2Pearl, will provide rent-free housing to undocumented UTPA students in South Texas. The home, located within walking distance to UTPA’s campus, will open in August and house seven undocumented students during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Chavez and her friend Patricia Estrada announced their plan to open the “Dream Home” at a community meeting in early March where they discussed the initiative with the public and encouraged interested students to apply. According to Chavez and Estrada, both former UTPA students who worked together on Wendy Davis’ Democratic gubernatorial campaign, there are roughly 800 undocumented students currently enrolled at UTPA.

“The Dream Home is meant to empower the community,” said Chavez. “I’m tired of these students, my friends, having to live in secret. I’m tired of them struggling.”

Chavez hopes the provision of free housing will allow undocumented students to focus on school and graduating on time since they “do not have to worry about making payments to the home.”

“They’re all going to get degrees, and I’m going to encourage them to get graduate degrees and encourage them from there,” said Chavez.[…]

Undocumented students in Texas are currently eligible for lower-cost, in-state tuition at public universities and colleges in the state and can receive taxpayer-funded grants to assist with their educational expenses.

In mid-February, a U.S. District Court judge in Texas halted President Obama’s executive order which granted a deportation reprieve to an estimated 4 million illegal immigrants. The injunction came after 26 states filed a lawsuit against the administration claiming the cost of amnesty would irrevocably damage their individual economies.

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