Governor Brown and Assemblyman Cedillo after signing the first half of the CA Dream Act

First I will like to inform you that Governor Brown sign the second part of the CA Dream Act, AB131, on Saturday October 8, 2011. We are so happy and thankful that he made his promise and he sign the second half of the CA Dream Act. I will like to dedicate this post to Governor of California, Jerry Brown, for been a champion by signing the second part of the CA Dream Act. I will also like to thank Assemblyman Cedillo, because he introduce this bill and many other bills that will help our undocumented students and community, such as the Assembly Bill 353 that allows a person that is stop in a DUI checkpoint to call a relative if they do not have a linces and if they are not driving under the influence. In the past the car would of been impounded for 30 days and charge for the impounds and tickets which in some cases the cost would of been in the 2,000 range.

Today October 11, 2011 was the national day to all DREAMERS and Alliance to wear their “I am Undocumented” shirt. Many student decided to take action in this day and they did rallies and action around the country.

In CSUF, the Alliance of Students for an Equal Education did an event called, Coming out of the Shadow: Undocumented and Unafraid. The student began there action with a rally chanting, “Undocumented and Unafraid” and many other ones. After the chants the students and alliance began to shared there stories and their support. The stories began with a little history of the group ASEE, that was founded in 2006 to create a support group for undocumented and AB540 students. Carlos, one of the founders said, “…before ASEE was created there was no support, the group started with 5 members and now it has grown…” Their were aproximitly 14 students that shared their stories and also shared their support to a group of 60 plus audience.  Most of the audience we very supported, their were just one student that yield, “but you do not pay taxes” the speaker at the time, Daniel, responded that undocumented students and people do pay taxes with their ITIN number. As Daniel was explaining this another student from the crow responded, “They are here for Education…” this comment made the whole crown cheer and get really exited. This is the first time ASEE does this event, and this is the first time ever in CSUF. The student also got a lot of support from faculty and staff on campus, as well as the community. Some of the people that could not attend the event, they wears their shirts and gave support to the undocumented students. The event purpose was to bring awareness to the community that undocumented students do exist and they could be anyone from your classmate to your friend. This mission was accomplish, but their is a lot of work to be done still. Now we need to start fighting for the Federal DREAM ACT, to will allowed undocumented student a path to citizenship.

As ASEE had there event, also did Fullerton Dream Team, the AB540 support group on Fullerton College, as well as other campus and organizations around the nation. They all came out with their shirt and say “I am Undocumented and Unafraid”

The fight continues

Eloisa

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Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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