The college credits would come through the National Dream University, an online program offering both undocumented and documented students opportunities to learn about labor and immigrant rights. The UCLA Labor Center and the National Labor College, an accredited higher education institution devoted to union members, partnered up to offer this new one-year program after having much success with educational programs serving immigrant students.
“We’ve had many undocumented students in our classes at UCLA, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for other undocumented students across the country to access college courses,” said Kent Wong, director of UCLA’s labor center.
The 18-credit program, as of now, will costs students $2,490. But Wong hopes, through fundraising, he could raise enough money to subsidize their tuition.
Wong said that Dream University has received a very positive response.
“There’s been a lot of interest and a lot of support from faculty all across the country and a lot of interest from DREAM Act students,” he said.
The DREAM Act is a proposed bill that would provide undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship through college or armed services.
Wong continued, “Most of the media coverage has been very favorable.”
Except for — you guessed it — the right-wing media coverage.
So, how did FOX twist the story this time?
On an episode of FOX & Friends , commentators suggested that “illegal students” would pay $2,400 to attend Dream University, while “legal students” would “get punished” for their citizenship and be forced to pay $6,642 — a completely fabricated number and concept, as both undocumented and documented students will pay the same costs.
Ready for co-host Brian Kilmeade’s ridiculously offensive summary of this utterly false information?
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: Right-Wing Media Completely Distorts Educational Initiative for Undocumented Students | Alternet.