ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

D.C. Government Sued by Student Denied Grant for Immigration Status

Updated on March 10, 2017

D.C. Government Sued by Student Denied Grant for Immigration Status

The District of Columbia government is being sued by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund on a complaint by a U.S. citizen who claims she was denied college financial aid because of her mother’s immigration status.

The mother of Natalia Villalobos, who was born and raised in the District of Columbia, has Temporary Protected Status as a resident of the United States.

Twice she applied to the District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program for up to $10,000 in grants to help her pay college expenses.

She says her applications were denied because her mother is a native of El Salvador who has lived in the United States for 20 years. She left El Salvador permanently after an earthquake ravaged her home.

The U.S. government grants Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to foreigners forced to become refugees through environmental disasters, war or other conditions beyond their control.

Attorneys for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) say Villalobos should qualify for $2,500 a year in DCTAG grants to pay her $4,000 per year in college costs.

Their lawsuit in U.S. District Court accuses the D.C. government of violating Villalobos’ 14th Amendment rights to equal protection and due process because dependent students’ guardians must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to receive the grants.

The 19-year-old Villalobos planned to attend Montgomery College in Maryland but was forced to put her higher education plans on hold because of the high cost. She wants to study business management and child care so she can open a child care center.

She received a letter from DCTAG in June 2015 that denied her grant application because her “parent is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,” the lawsuit says. A DCTAG official later informed her, Applicant will never be eligible for DCTAG.

In addition to the constitutional issue, the lawsuit says the D.C. Code does not include a requirement that the parents of DCTAG applicants must be U.S. citizens or residents.

D.C. Government Sued by Student Denied Grant for Immigration Status

D.C. Government Sued by Student Denied Grant for Immigration Status
D.C. Government Sued by Student Denied Grant for Immigration Status


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)