DACA

DACA and undocumented students still live in fear

October 2, 2018 Life

According to the Dream Resource Center, SF State has 500-700 undocumented and DACA-receiving students who are still waiting on the current presidential administration and judge’s’ decision regarding DACA to realize the fate of them and their families’ lives. President Donald Trump moved to phase out DACA over a year ago on Sept. 5, 2017. DACA ...

DREAMer approaches graduation

May 16, 2018 Life

At eight years old, Kenia Perez,  now 21, and her mother crossed the Mexican border to the United States in search of a new home in the perceived Land of Opportunity. At the time, Perez did not fully understand the significance of pursuing the supposed American Dream. It seemed more like folklore, like the stories ...

Judge ruling says DACA applications will continue to be accepted

April 29, 2018 News

Attempts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the Trump Administration have been halted once again by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates of the District of Columbia. This past Tuesday, the district court found the rescission of  DACA  unlawful under the Administrative Procedure Act. However, Bates stayed his decision for a ...

El Podcast

April 17, 2018 Multimedia

El Podcast is a bi-weekly show that focuses on pop culture, current events and everything in between. Hosted by Valeria Mejia and Monserrath Arreola, two spunky Latina journalist studying at San Francisco State University. Transcript: Valeria: My name is Valeria Mejia. Monse: and my name is Monserrath Arreola and this is El Podcast. Monse: I ...

UndocuWeek: A Space for Undocumented Students

March 15, 2018 Life

As everyone on the dancefloor was dancing along to Caballo Dorado’s “Payaso de Rodeo,” it was clear that UndocuWeek accomplished its goal of bringing people together. “We wanted to do something that didn’t have anything to do with organizing.  We wanted to come out and destress, get to know each other,” said Janet Lopez, 23, ...

My best friend is a Dreamer

February 28, 2018 Opinion 1 Comment

The cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program left many angry and disgusted by Donald Trump for his senseless acts. Many people went on social media to express their thoughts on the cancellation of the program, but it left me at a loss for words. This would mean that my best friend ...

DACA program deadline looms over our undocumented immigrants

February 21, 2018 Multimedia

While Congress fails to reach a decision about the Obama-era program DACA, approximately 690,000 undocumented enrollees are lingering without a clue as to what their futures hold. Undocumented immigrants are losing their protections everyday, but the Mar. 5 deadline marks the date where up to 1,000 people a day will lose their temporary immigration statuses. ...

Increased initiative to combat ICE

February 7, 2018 News

With the increasing ICE raids in the Bay Area, undocumented immigrants are taking extra precautions as they go through their daily routines. Due to the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) changes, SF State has taken the initiative through the student Dream Resource Center –– created in 2017 –– to ...

Government shutdown review: the rundown on the shutdown in plain English

January 23, 2018 News

After three days of deadlock, President Donald Trump signed a bill on Monday temporarily ending the government shutdown until Feb 8. The shutdown began on Friday at midnight when a new budget bill failed to pass the Senate. This first bill would have extended government funding for another four weeks while congress worked on a ...

I stand for what I believe

October 4, 2017 Opinion

I grew up as a very proud Mexican, extremely prideful of ‘mi raza’ and their fight to survive. My definition of Hispanics are hard-working, family-oriented individuals who are rich in culture– but we have been a never-ending target of slurs within society. After realizing the injustices around the world, and the zero pride I have ...

DACA recipients welcomed in workshop at Mission High School

October 4, 2017 News

At Mission High School on Saturday, volunteers and government officials came together to create a workshop for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals in response to the Trump administration’s closure of the program. Hundreds of DACA recipients flooded the high school’s halls, and patiently waited in line and through a presentation, in the hope ...

A bittersweet Mexican Independence Day

September 20, 2017 News

For the purpose of this article, the term Mexican-American is used to refer to a person of Mexican heritage who is living in the U.S. regardless of citizenship status. The term Latinx is the gender-neutral version of Latino/Latina and is used to refer to a person of Latin American descent. The term Chicano/Chicana refers to ...

SF State student recites poem at DACA rally

September 7, 2017 Multimedia News

“Everybody wants to be hood, see hood, live hood, rep hood, but still call the hood babies hoodrats as they feel distasteful at the thought of an alley with a sofa they claim we have so much in common with, you know? Since apparently we’re both abandoned.” Toward the end of Tuesday’s DACA rally at ...

Protection ends for Dreamers

September 6, 2017 News

***Additional reporting by Savannah Assi and Gabriela Cazares-Lopez*** The Trump Administration announced yesterday morning that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted recipients protection from deportation and gave work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors. The decision prompted protesters to fill San Francisco’s streets, ...

Trump Administration formally announces to end DACA program

September 5, 2017 News

The Trump Administration announced this morning that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted protection from deportation and gave work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a press conference that the Obama-era policy was implemented unilaterally after Congress ...

President Trump to end DACA program

September 3, 2017 Life

President Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with a six-month delay, Politico reported. The Obama-era program grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. when they were minors and protects them from deportation.     After months of deliberation on whether to gut the program, Trump ...

Undocumented Students in the Trump Era

December 25, 2016 Multimedia News

What Will Happen to Undocumented Students in the Trump Era? The republican candidate to the White House and now President-elect, Donald Trump, promised to build a wall to keep immigrants from entering the country, to deport people who do not have papers and to make “America Great Again,” blaming the economical and social misfortunes of ...

IDEAS discusses undocumented student safety

November 16, 2016 News 1 Comment

Representatives of Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success spoke to the academic senate on Tuesday about their concerns for the safety of SF State’s undocumented community on campus in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as America’s next president. Pamela Ortiz, president of IDEAS, and Janet Lopez, a member of the organization, explained ...

Students, advocates work for immigration policy reform

November 29, 2012 1 Comment

Students and immigrant rights organizations plan to capitalize on the momentum from the 2012 election in which Latino voters favored Barack Obama over Mitt Romney 3-1. Lawmakers are beginning to discuss reforming an immigration system that has decades of backlogs for legal immigration, exploitative working conditions and limited pathways to citizenship for the estimated 11.5 ...