By Zara Hurtado
The White House and Congress took steps last week toward a possible immigration agreement, but the campus community remains concerned about the status of undocumented students and their families.
“To all our undocumented Broncos: We as a university stand in solidarity with you and support your dreams for a brighter future.”
These words came from an email sent from President Soraya Coley to the campus community on Tuesday. In the email, President Coley reaffirmed her personal commitment to address the concerns of Cal Poly Pomona students who are DACA recipients.
The statement from the university was released amid confusion and skepticism over the news that the Trump administration would resume accepting DACA renewals.
This isn’t the first time President Coley issued a supportive statement to the undocumented community.
In September, the president issued a memo following the White House’s decision to rescind DACA stating, “Let me reassure you that DACA students are valued members of our university community, and they will remain so.”
Although California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White shared his support in a similar memo, these words of support from the CSU and from President Coley don’t spell out the relief students are looking for.
For some students, these words are only comforting in the short term. For others, the support is appreciated but does little to ease their fears.
“I could tell from the email that this time, there was more input from all backgrounds which is good because other campuses don’t do that,” said third-year construction engineering technology student Aaron Enriquez. “Coley has been very concerned about DREAMers and undocumented students, but no one knows what will happen to us.”
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ announcement to extend DACA applications means that eligible applications will continue to be processed until further notice.
Although some individual’s DACA will expire by March 5, the pressure is on for congress to pass a longer solution for those who are undocumented.
In the meantime, those who meet the 2012 DACA eligibility requirements are encouraged to renew their status. USCIS is not accepting applications from those who have never been granted deferred action.
Enriquez lived in the dorms as a freshman and noted that when he first arrived there wasn’t a need for the Bronco Dreamers Resource Center (BDRC) because DACA was not being threatened.
Now, the center has become “a cushion for those who don’t know what to do.”
“We urge students to stay up to date on the recent updates around DACA,” said BDRC coordinator Mike Manalo-Pedro. “Proceed with caution and reach out to a lawyer if possible since we are uncertain about the immediate future of DACA.”
CPP’s BDRC continues to provide support for their students, undocumented or not, as they navigate the uncertain future of DACA’s support in the United States.
Courtesy of ASI
President Soraya M. Coley visited the BRDC for an Open House event last spring in support of the Dreamers
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