An estimated 1.1 million undocumented youth live in the United States. Of the 65,000 who graduate high school each year, only 20 percent enroll in college. These students face numerous barriers. Although they can attend college in the U.S. legally, they don’t qualify for federal aid or most forms of state aid. Most of them lack the Social Security number required for the jobs that could help cover tuition and other costs.
President Donald Trump's recent executive orders on immigration, as well as his campaign promises to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), have made the future even more uncertain for these youth. How might they be affected by future executive orders and ensuing immigration policy changes? How are they feeling in this climate of anxiety and fear?
For the past year, journalist Melissa Pandika and I have been following undocumented youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, with stories and images published in VICE Media and Fusion.
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In the weeks since President Donald Trump's inauguration, there have been worldwide protests in opposition to Trump's policies on women's rights, immigration, LGBTQ rights, police brutality, health care, the environment and many other issues.
Will these protests be the start of a bigger movement? What makes one march evolve into a broader action with political sway -- one that can affect changes in policy?
Last November, California voters approved Prop. 64, legalizing the recreational usage of marijuana. In a state with a population of 38 million people, California could soon become the largest legal marijuana economy in the nation. The industry has a projected value of $7 billion, with the local government potentially collecting up to $1 billion a year in taxes.
Though 28 states now permit medical marijuana, and eight more allow recreational use, there's been little movement to change the federal law.
In spite of this, cannabis-based startups have sprung up all over California. As the retail marijuana industry grows, many see it coinciding with the advent of tech and gentrification. What will this mean for San Francisco and the rest of the state? Who stands to gain and who stands to lose? And, echoing patterns seen in tech, what role will women and people of color have in the predominately white, male cannabis industry?