By Eliana Ayala
The day after Donald Trump unexpectedly won elections, we share emotions of anger, fear and concern as students come together to plan the next move.
Students have organized a protest against the elected president who won with a racially charged campaign attacking immigrants, specifically Mexicans.
Some of the students at East Los Angeles College can appreciate their parents or ancestors for their courageous quest to the American dream. Some can identify with more than one nationality and accept the concept of not being fully American, if such exists, because we come from a background that is beautifully blended. Other’s will not have to stress the situation regarding deportations and that is a privilege.
The threat of being discounted and insignificant to a land that is considered home is sad beyond words. Even if the massive deportations do not occur, the turmoil is present and vast.
Among all the passionate speeches and important issues brought up, the possible abolishment of the DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Act was a concern. Many current students at ELAC have pursued their educational goals through DACA, an executive action approved by Obama that offered hope to those that were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.
Those that arrived under the age of 16 or before June 2007 were given a social security number, a two year work permit, exemption from deportation and eligibility for state or college aid.
Being able to work or receive an education beyond high school is critical for those who risked their lives or whose families risked their lives on dangerous journeys to the U.S. all in hopes to find better jobs and education.
This country has assisted immigrants in making it to college however what happens once they graduate? Many people who have had the opportunity to attend college as an immigrant are at a loss upon graduation. Jobs are scarce because of their immigration status which makes it difficult to exercise the education they’ve worked so hard for.
Many people who came to America as children have been raised here as multi-cultural individuals. For many this is home. Many immigrants have never returned to their native country and will never fit in because they will always carry a piece of America in their being.
I believe this is a sad chapter in American history to regress and unfairly disregard our fellow immigrants that come from all over the world. We have come a long way from slavery and segregation. Although segregation is not an issue that was completely obliterated, this country was making progress to make change against it. Now, some people may find that the efforts to end racism and segregation may be omitted.
The right to work or pursue an education shouldn’t be a cat and mouse game.