College aspirations for undocumented youth is becoming a reality thanks to rapper French Montana. On Thursday he announced that he is launching a "We Are the Dream," campaign to help undocumented immigrants in the United States attend college.
Ever since the Trump Administration's termination of the DACA program, about 800,000 undocumented youth's lives were left in limbo. Congress has yet to come up with a bipartisan legislation that will help undocumented individuals known as DREAMers be able to stay in the United States. While DACA's fate remains unclear, Montana is helping raise awareness about the program.
The "Unforgettable" rapper who came to the U.S. when he was 13 years-old told RollingStone, "I am one of tens of thousands of first- and second-generation immigrants that are having a significant positive impact on the United States." The Moroccan-American star encourages people to join the movement with the hashtag #WeAreTheDream to share your country of origin. Get Schooled will hold a Twitter chat on Feb. 21, where students also have the option to text “college” to 335577 to talk with counselors for further advice. Get Schooled will fund up to 20 grants ranging from $250 - $1,000.
According to a 2015 report by the Department of Education, only five to 10 percent of 65,000 undocumented students who graduate high school will pursue higher education.
Montana is helping people realize that no matter where you come from everyone deserves an opportunity to achieve your dreams.