UNM community rallies alongside DACA students

New Mexico high school and college students will walk out of classes Tuesday in protest of the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA.

Felipe Rodriguez is not afraid to tell his story.

Rodriguez, 23, is a psychology student in his a year ago at University of New Mexico.

Demonstrators at UNM chanted “undocumented, unafraid”. “Right here. Right now”.

President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allowed certain undocumented young people who were brought to this country under the age of 16 to apply for two-year work permits and be protected from deportation during that time.

Flores joined a rally in support of DACA at ISU on Tuesday.

And the presidents of the nine Massachusetts state universities – including Westfield State University, Worcester State University and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy – sent a letter to state legislators urging action on a bill that would extend in-state tuition rates to students now covered under DACA.

“That support did not come out of nowhere”.

What is DACA and does it have any effect on a student being allowed to enroll in a California high school or college? DACA affects more than 750,000 young people nationally and an estimated 21,000 in Oregon.

“They’re students, friends, teachers”, Sagastume said.

Before the group took off on their march across campus, UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah spoke about President Trump’s recent announcement to rescind DACA with a six-month delay.

He appreciates the UC’s statements to support DACA recipients, but said administrative plans are not always executed in a timely manner, despite constant requests from students.

“Thank you so much for what you’re doing”, he added. “When you live in a country that is full of poverty and crime, and you look in the news and they speak so highly of America”, Castro said. “We firmly stand behind your efforts”, he said.

“The Trump administration is purposely trying to make us afraid again and go back into the shadows”. “… I don’t feel so much fear being part of the movement; you get a huge support system, as you can see, that will take action in case something happens”.

Irazoqui Ruiz expressed wariness about Congress’ willingness and ability to find a solution. Documentation does not define us. We have created programs to provide financial assistance to undocumented students, as we do for all of our deserving students, which we will continue to increase. Those students now face uncertainty as to whether the program will continue as Trump, in a tweet Tuesday, suggested congress should pass a bill to turn the program into legislation as opposed to executive action.

LAUSD Board of Education President Ref Rodriguez said DREAMers, be they teachers or students, “have worked hard to contribute to this attractive country and city”. A diverse student body, including ASSET and DACA students, enrich our community and add to the diversity of perspectives that makes colleges and universities in the United States unique.

Attorney Amy Frances Barnett, left, advises a UC Davis student at the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center at UC Davis.

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