By San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA)
Community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties are embarking on an ‘Undocumented Students Week of Action’ starting October 15 to express support for Dreamers and urge Congress to create a pathway to citizenship.
California is home to more than 220,000 residents currently protected through the DACA program.
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors declared Oct. 15-19 Undocumented Students Week of Action when it met September 17 just a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. The Week of Action is a statewide, student-led advocacy campaign that includes providing support and community resources to undocumented students.
Among the dozens of events aimed at raising awareness at MiraCosta College:
- Undocumented students can learn more about options for education funding at a Paying for College workshop on Monday, October 15, at 11 a.m. in Aztlan at the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, 92056
- MiraCosta College is staging a Know Your Rights Workshop on Tuesday, October 16, at 11 a.m. in the Social Justice and Equity Center in Room 3205 at the Oceanside Campus.
- Demystifying the Undocumented Experience, a presentation and panel discussion about recognizing the fears, hopes, and concerns of the undocumented community, is set scheduled for noon in Room 3205 at the Oceanside Campus.
Undocumented Students Week of Action comes one year after 2017 DACA Advocacy Week, which resulted in local meetings with legislative leaders, hundreds of letters and postcards sent from students to members of Congress, and numerous community colleges conducting week-long activities to raise awareness of support services for undocumented students. DACA Advocacy Week followed the Trump Administration’s September 5, 2017, decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a decision that has generated multiple lawsuits making their way through the courts.
Studies have shown eliminating the DACA program could have profound negative impacts on the economy. The CATO Institute, a Libertarian think tank, found the U.S. economy could shrink by $215 billion over 10 years without DACA, and the federal government would lose $60 billion over that period via lost income tax revenue.