Immigration has always been a controversial topic in both the United States and across the globe. However, over the last couple of years, there has been an increased interest in issues like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Today, even the average college student is likely to have an informed perspective on the topic.
Whether it be through groups like North Central’s Latinx Student Association, or more traditional political groups like the College Democrats and College Republicans, students are finding ways to stay informed.
Grant Tuider, ’19, a member of the College Republicans, finds that his conservative views fall in line with President Donald Trump and his administration’s views on the issue. “I would say that they definitely follow similar ways that I view immigration in the sense that there is a right way and a wrong way to immigrate,” he said. “I believe that every nation should have secure borders while maintaining a safe, reasonable system that works to benefit its citizens the best.”
On the other hand, Brian Ultreras, ’20, a member of LSA, does not feel that his views are reflected by Trump’s administration. “(Since Trump’s presidential campaign) there’s just been a lot of anti-immigrant rhetoric and so that’s been a big factor on the Hispanic community,” he said.
For Cynthia Ramos, ’20, president of the LSA and a member of the College Democrats, Trump and his administration’s views on immigration do not match her own. Through LSA, Ramos works to bring awareness to issues like DACA and let students affected by the uncertainty of the program’s fate know that they are not alone.
Because the March 5 deadline for DACA recipients (known as Dreamers) has passed, the status of Dreamers is still up in the air. This affects a number of students at the College, who are a part of the roughly 800,000 Dreamers in the United States. The program, which protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, allowed Dreamers renewable visas to gain employment and work toward higher education. Despite these benefits, the program did not give immigrants a path to citizenship.
By Alexis Heinitz for NCCLINKED
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