Nearly 50 students, staff and community members filled the UC Quad at Humboldt State University to offer solidarity to dozens of undocumented students who attended college through DACA, which stands for Defered Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Earlier today, the Trump Administration announced the rescinding of DACA which affects nearly 800 thousand students, the majority of which reside in California. HSU DACA student Karla Sanchez said she was worried since last week about the status of DACA.
"I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know if I'm going to get deported. That's a reality for some. That's a reality for many," she said as she stood with fellow students and members of HSU's MEChA club. Members of the club rallied with the crowd and shouted "Defend DACA," and suggested that people sign petitions to be sent to state representatives and members of Congress.
HSU professor of elementary education Dr. Marisol Ruiz spoke about the importance of standing with undocumented students and protecting the undocumented community from Immigration Customs Enforcement within the region.
"ICE acts like a police state and we're not going to tolerate it," Ruiz said. "We're not going to have ICE bullying people here in Humboldt County or all over California. Ruiz was also joined by Professor of Social Work, Cesar Arbaca who runs, Scholars Without Borders, the newly established undocumented center at HSU and Renee Saucedo, student equity director for College of the Redwoods. Saucedo who recently worked to bring her mother back home to Humboldt County after she was deported to Mexico, spoke out against the Trump Administration and the importance of ally organizations within the community.
"We deserve to be here at HSU and College of the Redwoods and any other institution whether you say we have DACA or not,” she said.
HSU President Lisa Rossbacher also spoke at the rally and released a statement about defending DACA students which read, "Humboldt State University stands with you, and we care about you. We're going to keep doing all we can to help you succeed in school and become Humboldt alumni."