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SANTA ANA COLLEGE el Don/eldonnews.org • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017 NEWS 5 CALIFORNIA IS HOME TO 25% OF ALL DREAMERS Continued from Page 4 ing for fi nancial aid and assembling in clubs like Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success. Th e I.D.E.A.S club, which works to foster safe spaces and environments for students to openly discuss their opinions and feelings, hosted a “Healing Circle” Sept. 7 for people who wanted to discuss the recent DACA news, assuring un- documented students they would fi ght to meet their needs and lend their support. Multiple DACA renewal clinics were also available late September throughout Orange County, assist- ing eligible recipients to renew their status. Despite President Trump’s promises of in- creased immigration enforcement that surfaced this year, 414 SAC students applied for the Dream Act by March 1. Th e Dream Act, signed into law in 2011, permits undocumented students who meet its criteria to receive state fi - nancial aid. Th e aid money earned through the Dream Act also remains legal under California law, regardless of actions made at the federal level. California is home to over 25 percent of DACA recipients, according to a 2015 report by United We Dream, the nation’s largest immi- grant youth-led organization. As of March 31, 2017, a total of 459,362 DACA requests were ac- cepted in California, while 424,995 applications were approved, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. “I do not know what bubble people live in, but America has been a country of immigrants, and it still is,” said Hunter Jensen, a protester and owner of Knawledge Everywear, an Orange County brand and arts collective focused on sharing unbiased truth within the community through artistic media. “People are trying to get an education and become smarter. Th ink about the negative stig- ma that it is going to send to these immigrant communities. It is going to polarize even more. Th e polarization will get worse,” Jensen said. President Trump later tweeted Sept. 5 he would be willing to “revisit this issue” if Con- gress cannot pass legislation concerning DACA’s termination within the six-month period of the program phasing out. Regardless of Trump’s statement, his administration continues to meet opposition. Fift een states and the District of Columbia fi led a lawsuit against the Trump administration Sept. 6, stating the decision to terminate DACA was infl uenced by bias against Mexicans. Th e lawsuit notes President Trump’s statements about Mexicans during his presidential cam- paign as well as his recent pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted for refusing to cease traffi c patrols that targeted immigrants. FWD.us, an organization founded by leaders in the tech industry, published a letter Aug. 31 urging the administration to protect DACA, saying “With [Dreamers], we grow and create jobs. Th ey are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.” Th e letter includes signatures from over 600 CEOs, with representation from companies including Apple, Facebook and Google. Republican Senators Th om Tillis and James Lankford introduced the SUCCEED Act (Solu- tion for Undocumented Children through Ca- reers, Employment, Education and Defending our Nation) Sept. 25, as a conservative approach to replacing DACA. To be eligible under the SUCCEED Act, im- migrants would have had to be in the United States since June 15, 2012 and under the age of 16. To receive “conditional permanent residence,” potential recipients are required to obtain a high school diploma, submit biometric data to the Department of Homeland Security, undergo an extensive criminal background check and pay off any back taxes. Individuals granted “conditional permanent residence” can apply for a green card aft er 10 years under their current status and are re- quired to earn a college degree, be gainfully em- ployed or serve in the U.S. military. Recipients will be unable to sponsor family members into the U.S., a decision made to discourage chain migration. Aft er reports from the U.S. Postal Service that USPS mail service delays aff ected multiple DACA renewal requests, the USCIS released news Nov. 15 that they would accept requests aft er the Oct. 5 deadline for individuals who can off er proof their original renewal was mailed in a timely manner. In the midst of uncertainty for Dreamers, help is available to guide students and youth aff ected by the changes. SAC Psychological Services are also reaching out to those troubled by the recent DACA news by off ering crisis support, informative discussion about the eff ects of the decision and safe spaces to speak with others and express their feelings freely. Th e OCIYU offi ces are also open to the com- munity, off ering access to attorneys, lawyers and “know-your-rights” workshops. “I see the future undocumented. I see the future brown. I see the future black. I see the fu- ture rid of white supremacy and I see the future where immigration reform aff ects everybody,” Servin said, who added he believes the next step is fi ghting for something greater than DACA. PROTEST / “Defend DACA” and “Liberation Not Deportation” were common slogans plastered onto signs and banners in the crowd.