The amount of fear among migrant students on college campuses across the country is building and leaders with south western college are taking note.
“They fear that disclosing certain information will make them a target to those trump supporters or would make them ineligible for certain services that our school offers to those students,” said Freda Hernandez, student, South Western College.
In a report recently released by the Financial Aid Commission, fewer undocumented students in California are requesting help from the government. Local school leaders say its because of a growing fear they may face deportation.
“I can only imagine, it’s a very stressful situation,” said Hernandez.
There are 20,000 students enrolled at South Western College with 72% of the student body identified as ethnically diverse, of that group, 300 are self-reported “dreamers,” who under the dream act would gain a pathway to permanent legal status.
“Because of the rhetoric at the national level, we’re seeing students be fearful of their future, be fearful of their situation and we’re causing is that now students are going back into the shadows which is something that we have working hard to avoid,” said Roberto Alcantar, member of the governing board at South Western College.
The school has held numerous forums on each of their campuses in the south bay. The meetings provide resources to students including free legal assistance. Just a few weeks ago, the governing board at south western voted on a resolution to assure everyone on campus is safe from threats and intimidation from the federal government.
“The courts have recognized in the past that regardless of your immigration status, you have a right to an education here in the united states and the supreme court has recognized the need to protect our students at our schools,” he said.
KEARNY MESA-The traditional smoke alarm is getting a safety upgrade and seniors can get one for free.
The new smoke alarms have a lithium battery that lasts 10 years. When it expires, you throw the entire alarm out and get a new one. You still need to test your alarm once a month, but it’s designed to last a decade.
The Burn Institute is giving away and installing these new alarms, free of charge, to seniors 62 and older who own their home. The non-profit is targeting seniors because they are at higher risk for fire and burn related injuries. “Seniors have a slower response time. They may be hard of hearing. They may be taking medication that makes them sleep deeper. And; many times when fires are engulfed they put out gases that make you sleep even deeper so it’s really important that they have some detectors that work in their homes.”, explains Burn Institute Executive Director, Susan Day.
Call Burn Institute or apply at their website. Family members and friends can also call on behalf of their senior loved one. Volunteers will come out to the senior’s home to inspect and/or replace old alarms. Smoke alarms for the hearing impaired are also available.
Age: 11 years old
Sex: Neutered Male
Organization: Maltese & More Rescue
This is our last week of Animal House, and one of the things I’ll miss the most is being able to give older dogs like this, the extra publicity they need to find a home. Kingston is an 11-year-old senior Maltese who was dumped at a local shelter by his previous owners in horrific condition. Maltese and More Rescue saw beyond his impaired sight, infected ears and eyes, and lack of hearing, and took him into their foster program. After receiving the much-needed medical care he deserved, he’s now in tip-top shape and ready to find someone who will love and keep him for the rest of his life. This tiny 7-pound man is the perfect lap-dog, and would be ideal for a senior citizen living in a quiet home environment. Kingston is an excellent companion! He loves to cuddle and adores having his chin rubbed. He enjoys short periods of basking in the sun, and being outside in the fresh air with his foster family. He’s a quiet little guy and very easy to have around because he really enjoys napping quite and doesn’t require long walks. Kingston is vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, and qualifies for the Senior to Senior program, giving senior citizens a break on the adoption fee.
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(CNN) – Tropical Cyclone Debbie barreled down Tuesday on northeast Australia, dumping torrential rain on the region and leaving more than 50,000 homes without power.
The massive storm is the most powerful since Cyclone Yasi, a Category 5 storm which tore through the region in 2011.
Debbie is packing sustained winds of 185 kph (114 mph), with gusts reaching more than 262 kph (163 mph).
The worst of the damage so far appears to have been in the Whitsunday Islands, a popular destination for tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef.
“The ferocity of these wind speeds is actually taking roofs of houses, it’s sending fences up in the sky,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told CNN.
Officials and meteorologists warn that the cyclone’s slow progress means it’s likely to pose a greater danger to the region’s 250,000 people than speedier storms.
“Rather than coming in and just giving you one sucker punch, it’s just hanging off and just belting us and belting us,” Andrew Wilcox, the mayor of the Whitsunday regional council, told CNN.
Queensland police commissioner Ian Stewart compared it to “a battering ram” in an interview with 7 News.
The storm made landfall as a Category 4 cyclone, the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane. It’s now been downgraded to a Category 3 cyclone, which is comparable to a Category 1 hurricane.
Mayor Wilcox said Cyclone Debbie is the worst storm he’s ever seen in the 48 years he’s lived in the area.
“It’s normally a beautiful place,” he told CNN. “(Now) you wouldn’t step outside because the wind would blow you away.”
But the rain could be more deadly than the wind.
Some 400 or more millimeters (16 inches) could hit the city of Mackay in the coming days, according to CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri. That’s about is about a third of its annual average.
Palaszczuk told Nine News Queensland 211 millimeters (8 inches) of rain fell in an area south of the town of Proserpine in just one hour — a once-a-century event.
The town usually averages 208.5 millimeters of rain a month, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
Flooding could be severe as the cyclone has coincided with a 12-foot tide in Bowen — one of the highest tides of the year, according to CNN affiliate 7 News Australia.
“Typically, fatalities are related to the water element, the flooding concern and the storm surge, and those are both very high right now,” Javaheri said.
But the surge appears it won’t be as bad as it could have been, Palaszczuk said.
“We were very concerned about people living on those northern beaches and whether or not the tidal surge — the storm tide surge — would exceed 2.5 meters (8.2 feet),” said in an interview with CNN. “Thankfully, it’s definitely not going to get to that. ”
The cloud field stretched 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) across, according to Javaheri — big enough to stretch from Paris to Warsaw, Poland.
But the “very destructive core” of the cyclone already wreaked havoc through outlying islands and the nearby mainland, the meteorology bureau said.
The severe weather has already claimed the life of a 31-year-old woman after dangerous conditions were linked to a fatal car crash Monday near Proserpine.
One man was taken to the hospital after being injured by a collapsing wall, Police Commissioner Stewart said.
Residents reported trees ripped from the ground and their apartments shaking and windows breaking. Pristine beaches that were bright and sunny Monday were completely flooded Tuesday.
“It’s extremely ferocious out there,” storm chaser James Reynolds told CNN. “The back-end of Debbie is really making itself (felt).”
But the damage before the eye hit appeared to be mostly superficial, Reynolds said.
Facebook activated its “Safety Check” feature for users to check in on their friends and family in the region.
The cyclone was big enough to be seen from the cameras aboard the International Space Station.
Authorities were seeking to evacuate 25,000 people from Mackay in the lead-up to the storm, Palaszczuk told CNN.
More than 1,000 emergency service workers had been sent to the region in preparation, and all schools remain closed until further notice, 7 News reported.
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