For Belinda Lum, sociology professor at Sacramento City College
and chief negotiator for the Los Rios College Federation of
Teachers, it was because she’s the granddaughter and
great-granddaughter of people who came over from China with fake
papers. For Leis Rodriguez, it was wanting to use her law school
degree for her passion and becoming an immigration attorney.
Four days before President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action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.
It’s not the work of a few vigilantes when Immigration Customs
Enforcement agents target students, said Laura Flores of the
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation — it’s becoming the
law of the land.
Friday, Cesar Chavez Day, the first day of the CFT Convention,
Art Pulaski of the California Labor Federation promised the
delegates that he will make sure other unions — the plumbers,
carpenters, and building trades — back up the CFT in their fight
against charter schools and privatization. Then he got them fired
up for the march in support of immigrant rights.