Local DACA recipient worries about the future of his education

Posted at 7:43 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 22:43:11-04

A local California State University, Bakersfield student is worried about his future education after President Trump announced he was rescinding DACA Tuesday morning. 

Alam Alvarado is a junior and a new transfer from Bakersfield College. 

He's also a three-time DACA recipient. 

"Currently I'm worried about what's going to happen. I mean, paying for school isn't easy," Alvarado said. 

His goal is to become a psychologist and he hopes to eventually get his doctorate degree, but his dreams are up in the air after Tuesday's announcement. 

Without financial aid, he doesn't know if he'll be able to afford college. 

"It feels like my goal just got stretched out even further," said Alvarado. 

Alvarado went to the United Farm Workers office in downtown Bakersfield this morning to talk about his DACA application which he submitted awhile ago. 

He was there right before DACA supporters gathered outside to protest President Trump's decision. 

"We're extremely disappointed in President Trump and the action he's taken. To us, it was very cruel and immoral," said UFW President Arturo Rodriguez. 

Protestors called local legislators to action. They chanted outside of Bakersfield Congressman and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office and Congressman David Valadao's office.

For Alvarado, the future is unclear. 

Since his DACA application was submitted prior to Tuesday, he's hoping he will be a recipient once more, that way he can at least complete his bachelor's degree. 

After that, he's unsure what will happen. He said either way he will keep pressing forward. 

"I can't let it stop me at this point. I've already worked for it."

The CSU Chancellor released a statement Tuesday which stated DACA status does not impact enrollment or tuition.