Representatives from the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles (SRE) held a seminar in LSU 113 on Jan. 26 to answer students’ questions regarding any future changes to their DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status.
The executive orders signed on Jan. 25 will allocate federal funds to begin the construction of a border wall between Mexico and the U.S.
Fernando Navarrete, CSUDH alumni and a Dream Act student who attended the seminar, said, “It’s tough. I can possibly lose what I worked so hard to earn.”
Whether or not DACA recipients will be affected by future executive orders regarding their status in the country is unknown.
Laura Urias, an immigration attorney conducting the seminar, said it was hard to give definite answers because it hasn’t happened yet.
During his campaign, Trump vowed to remove DACA as part of his immigration reforms.
Students showed their concern about a potential executive order from Trump stripping them away from their temporary legal status in the country and losing their work permits.
Attendees expressed fears of deportation, losing their driver’s licenses and being separated from their families.
Felipe Carrera Aguayo, head of the Protective Department for the SRE said, “Get informed and look for valid and accurate sources of information.”
The attorneys present advised the audience of potential scams from notary publics better known in Spanish-speaking communities as “Notarios.”
CSUDH students expressed their concerns regarding the new executive orders on immigration.
“They are hardworking students who are scared of losing all their funding for education,” Staphany Perez, 25, a child development major, said. “They come from low-income families because their parents are also undocumented.”
Furthermore, information about immigrants’ rights can be found through the Immigration Legal Assistance Project located in downtown Los Angeles. Readers can call (213) 485-1873 for additional assistance.
Editor’s note: To read the story in Spanish, please return to page 1 of this week’s Bulletin.