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Karla Sanchez’s parents brought her to the United States when she was only just two. This year she walked across the graduation stage, but now she's here to prepare for the next stage of her life in the face of the repeal. “Come out of the shadows and don't be afraid. We are supported in the school," Sanchez said. “Start speaking in our classroom, bring up the problem, ask what’s going to happen.” | Photo by Michelle Myers

We need to continue to fight for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. We need to continue to fight for the hundreds of thousands of young people whose lives are in jeopardy. Young people who were brought to this country as infants are now being told that they have to go back to a country they know nothing about.

Nearly 100 students at HSU are being told that they cannot continue their education because they are not U.S. citizens. They have no choice. Former President Obama said that these young people are American citizens in many ways but one ― on paper.

Under D.A.C.A., 95 percent of recipients were working or going to school and 54 percent had bought their first car. We cannot let Congress take away the opportunities that D.A.C.A. gives to these young individuals.

Get involved. M.E.Ch.A., Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, is a great club on campus that’s promotes political involvement and change in their society. M.E.Ch.A. is planning events to continue the fight for D.A.C.A. The Latinx Center for Academic Excellence is a great place to find support for allies and D.A.C.A. recipients. For D.A.C.A. recipients, share your stories. For allies, tell the stories of all those individuals who are a part of D.A.C.A.

Follow activists groups and organizations on social media. Stay involved. We cannot let Congress take opportunities away from D.A.C.A. individuals.

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