LMC shields DACA

In the wake of President Trump’s repeal of DACA, a Republican bill seeks to replace the executive order with many more restrictions.

The succeed act would provide a path for citizenship, but it also restricts applicants to the program. On top of DACA’s restrictions, people under the SUCCEED Act would have to submit to a medical exam as well as pursue higher education, join the armed forces, or be consistently employed for ten years before citizenship is awarded.

The program also does away with “chain-immigration” — the process by which people with green cards can sponsor family members and expedite the immigration process. This approach appeases conservatives, but is a distinct step back in almost all areas for undocumented people.

Stacy Miller, coordinator of the Puente club, was unhappy with the bill.

“My initial reaction is that there is a discussion in the administration,” said Miller, “but I don’t think that this represents our country.”

Miller went on to criticize the medical exam, “This sounds like pre-world war two eugenics. ”

“But,” she added, “I’m glad there is a conversation.”

LMC faculty, meanwhile, are preparing for the possibility of DACA’s possible removal and what that would mean for those who benefit from it.

LMC president Bob Kratochvil explained LMC’s procedure for a possible ICE raid, “Police services said they will not interact with ICE unless there’s a subpoena,” said Kratochvil.

Kratochvil went on to explain: “We have that protocol so that faculty would not feel pressured by being approached.”

Professors similarly will not comply with ICE without a warrant.

Tim Leong, director of communications and community relations at Contra Costa Community College District, expressed the need for unity in the educational community.

“We are living in a very special time,” said Leong. “If we can get together as a club, as a community, that can be powerful.”

Leong also encouraged people to be more sensitive to the issue, to act with care and kindness regarding undocumented individuals at all times.

Sabrina Kwist, Dean of Institutional Equity and Advancement also spoke about the importance of activism. “This is not a moment for general comfort,” said Kwist, calling for activism rather than complacency.

With police services on board, the faculty’s support, and Leong’s past support of DACA, it is clear that The Contra Costa County Community College District supports DREAMers.