Cal State University vows to protect undocumented students

- The Dreamer’s Resource Center on the Cal State LA campus serves the university’s undocumented students.

Inside these walls students have a place to study and access resources to help them get through school. 

“Because of my situation, I have to be extra careful,” sophomore Emily Martinez said.

Martinez, who came from Honduras eight years ago, is one of 1,100 dreamers on campus.

That number represents 8 percent of the students who are now concerned with Donald Trump’s future immigration policies.

“To be honest, I’ve never really felt safe to begin with in any place that I go,” Martinez said.

However, Cal State University Chancellor Timothy White said students should feel safe. He reaffirmed his policy to students and staff across all 23 statewide campuses.

“The CSU will not enter into agreements with state or local law enforcement agencies or ICE for the enforcement of federal immigration law,” White said.

He also pledged the university police won’t stop or arrest anyone on suspicion that they’re undocumented. 

“I think I’m as American as it gets,” junior, Jose Guevara, said. “There’s no denying that when I walk around the street nobody questions where I’m from.”

While some students are shy about their immigration status, others are openly supporting the Dreamer’s Resource Center.

Many called for the chancellor to declare all Cal State campuses "sanctuaries," and off-limits to immigration authorities.

“One out of every four dreamers does reside in California so it would only make sense that we also try our best to protect them,” Guevara said.

But the chancellor has declined to make that pledge, saying the word sanctuary is ambiguous. 

Even Martinez wonders what that would even mean for students. 

“That’s perfect, but then are we going to live 24/7 on campus? Is that going to be our life?” she said.

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