As the future of DACA recipients hangs in the balance, thanks in large part to the Democrats’ wild gamble that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell would act in good faith, Bronx rapper French Montana is taking matters into his own hands to help undocumented immigrants. He’s partnered with MTV and the nonprofit organization Get Schooled to launch an initiative called “We Are the Dream” that intends to help DREAMers attain higher education.
The rapper spoke to Rolling Stone about why the issue hits so close to home:
“I am one of tens of thousands of first- and second-generation immigrants that are having a significant positive impact on the United States...I am excited to lead others in this fight to ensure Dreamers connect with support they need to get to college and make their American Dream come true.”
The piece also cites some bleak Department of Education statistics, that will likely worsen in the wake of Donald Trump’s attempts to end DACA and Senate currently tinkering on an immigration bill that may very well not hold up Republicans’ promise to protect the rights of DREAMers. According to a 2015 report, only five to ten percent of 65,000 undocumented students who finish high school will continue on to higher education. Shit’s fucked.
French Montana will apparently cover the social media accounts for “We Are the Dream,” and you can visit WeAretheDream.us for more information about financial aid, grants, and college tips for undocumented students.