Senator Expresses Concern About DREAMers’ Ability to Afford College

“He again wants to be a schoolteacher but he just can’t, and he was part of my executive board on the Student California Teachers Association and he resigned from his post; he was the ethnic minority rep for the north,” he said.

In response, Hirono said, “I think these stories are very important to bring up.”

PJ Media asked Hirono’s office if she supports offering federal financial aid to undocumented immigrants but did not receive a response.

Rohit Chopra, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who used to work at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as student loan ombudsman, told lawmakers he has met many undocumented students during his career.

“One of the most troubling things is they will do anything to pay for college including borrowing through their friends’ and families’ credit cards through getting exotic loan products, and this is just going to make it tougher for them later on,” he said. “And the really ironic part is offering certain federal loans to these borrowers is profitable for the federal government.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) praised the CFPB for recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for student loan borrowers. She urged Democrats to be “really wary” of Republican attempts to undermine the CFPB, such as turning it into a commission rather than an agency with a single director.

“It does not make sense to weaken the CFPB’s ability to fight for struggling student loan borrowers,” she said.