Saturday, July 18, 2015

MEXIFORNIA: UCLA Offers Paid Internships To Illegal Immigrant Students

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) offers undocumented students “paid internships” regardless of their immigration status — a practice that could be in violation of federal law.
“Dream Summer,” launched in 2011 after the DREAM Act did not pass in the U.S. Senate in 2010, is a 10-week UCLA program offered by the UCLA Labor Center’s Dream Resource Center that offers paid internships to undocumented immigrants in nonprofit organizations and social justice advocacy groups.
According to Dream Summer’s Frequently Asked Questions, eligibility to apply for Dream Summer is “open to undocumented youth and allies.” In addition, the program is available to undocumented youth both with and without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The program encourages its participants to advocate for nationwide immigration reform and universal access to healthcare in addition to other civil justice causes, according to Campus Reform.
However, in consulting with a federal employment attorney who wished to remain anonymous, The Daily Caller uncovered that there is a conflict in how Dream Summer brands itself.
Dream Summer advertises itself as a program that offers “paid internships” and, upon completion of the 10 weeks, all interns are paid $5,000 for their “participation.”
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