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DREAMers banned from HEERF

While DREAMers are eligible for stimulus checks (exception includes those who have someone in their household using an ITIN) and unemployment insurance in some states, it should not be forgotten that they really are not present in the country legally -- DACA merely defers their deportation to a date in the future. Accordingly in the 2020 CARES Act, which established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the money could be used to help students in need due to disruption by coronavirus pandemic.  All illegal immigrant students, including DREAMers with or without DACA status, are banned from receiving this aid.  If you are not able to file FAFSA, you are not eligible.

Does ICE have access to information of DACA approved DREAMers?

Way back in 2012 I had pointed out the worst case scenario for applying for DACA and mentioned that information that you will submit in order to be approved may be used against you.  While there was/is a promise that the information submitted in applications for DACA will not be automatically shared with ICE, I had warned that once you submit any information to any government (not just the US), you really have no control over it. A recent report now confirms that while it takes a few steps to pull up detailed information on any DREAMer has ever applied for DACA , it is possible to do so.  And I am not surprised.  DREAMers have applied for deferment of their deportation , a work permit , and Social Security numbers have had to provide detailed information about them, their families, and have been fingerprinted/ photographed .  It would be naive to think that, if the authorities wish to use this information, they would hesitate to do so. It is important to remember that every time

Can DREAMers get pandemic uneployment insurance?

In addition to DACA approved DREAMers receiving CARES Act stimulus checks of $1,200 , they may also be eligible for the expanded unemployment benefits under the same law.  Here is what you need to know:  It all depends on the state that you live in.  California is the most generous but Republican-controlled states are the least.   Since CARES Act covers many non-traditional workers (e.g. contract workers, self-employed, gig economy workers, etc.), the rules are slightly different, though, in general UI benefits are limited to citizens and other long-term residents.  In other words, check with your state's UI office.  If the information is provided on the website, you will know if you are covered; if not, do not hesitate to call to ask if you are eligible.  The other harmless thing to do is to simply apply; the worst that can happen is that your claim will be denied.