Many Sacramento State students currently face a crisis of fear and hardship. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, is an Obama-era program that provided protection from deportation for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and allowed them the right to work and live unhindered by the threat-that no student should have to face-that their future is uncertain and out of their control.
The DACA program that once offered these students a glimmer of hope is now being undone by our Executive branch of government. Ending this program will destabilize the lives of thousands of talented, dedicated and determined young people, most of whom know no other country than the United States. Among these people we find many fellow Hornet students, whose main goal is to make a better life for themselves and their families, who not only want to contribute to our campus but also our country.
As your Associated Students Inc. Student Body President, I have taken an oath to represent all students at Sacramento State including those who are undocumented and who come from mixed status families. Regardless of the fate of the DACA program, Associated Students Inc. is committed to supporting, empowering, and advocating for the rights and needs of our students. In collaboration with the University President’s Office and the Dreamer’s Resource Center, Associated Students Inc. is prepared to support students who are impacted by the outcome of the program.
I call on all Sacramento State students to hearten and uplift their fellow Hornets, especially in times of uncertainty like the ones that many Hornets are facing today. Sacramento State offers a variety of great resources. If you need support or you notice someone struggling with the current landscape, please reach out to one of the following campus resources for help: