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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

In Response to DACA Being Rescinded

In Response to DACA Being Rescinded

As a collective council of all ten regions representing students across the United States, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (Chicanx Student Movement of Aztlán), also known as M.E.Ch.A., is heartbroken and disgusted at the Trump Administrations decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA was created on the foundation that those who applied and qualified for the program would remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation, allowing them to continue to work, study and be active members of our society. As our communities have been shocked into fear based on the decision that that was made early this morning, we have to ensure our communities that we will do our best to be reactive – ensuring that they know their rights and what the decision on DACA means for them.

All of our MEChistAs, regardless of their documentation status in this country, are invaluable to the teaching we do in our organizations. MEChAs mission is to promote higher education, history and culture – we are firmly committed to protecting the rights of each and every single student, MEChistA or not, who are part of our communities.

Let us continue to march, be loud, unapologetic and unafraid until our voices are heard for not just the 800,000 DACA recipients, but for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Ending DACA and its protections undermines the work that so many MEChistAs, past and present, have made to work hard to get to where they are and achieve so much.

¡La lucha sigue!

Sincerely,

Angel Mandujano-Guevara
MEChA de Oregon State University
National Co-Chair 2016-2017