By Jessica Silver-Sharp, San Mateo Community College
Federation of Teachers
When I first wrote about undocumented students in October 2017, I
couldn’t have foreseen how things could change so much in less
than three years. Two out of three of our campus Dream Centers in
the San Mateo Community College District were established during
this time when young “Dreamers” were forming a national youth
movement and “coming out” across the country. Then, a majority of
the hundreds of undocumented students on campus enjoyed legal
protections under DACA.
Four days before President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals program, Sarah, a young student who
commutes an hour each way to attend classes, emailed me that she
was dropping my class.
She believed the impending end of DACA meant she would lose her
source of income, her DACA driver’s license, and access to
financial aid. She was also afraid she and her family would be
deported. Her fears were real, however the information she
received was incorrect.