Fighting for DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

A Message from CSUEU President Pat Gantt

In California, we are all mostly immigrants unless you trace your ancestry to the Native Americans who greeted the Spanish during the colonization back in the 1700s.

I can trace my own immigration story to my maternal grandparents who came to the USA in the early 1900’s from Ireland separately and met in Brooklyn. My grandmother was a maid and my grandfather was a chauffer for a bishop. They struggled to find work and suffered through the discrimination and hostility aimed at the recent immigrants of the time.

Today, 800,000 young men and women who know no other home than the United States are DACA recipients bravely pursuing the right to go to school, work and fulfill their American dream.

And CSUEU members are standing with these Dreamers because 1. It is the right thing to do; 2. They’ve broken no laws; and 3. They are a part of our Union Family – whether as students we serve or as workers who provide vital services across the 23 CSU campuses.

Last year, amidst a national election filled with rhetoric aimed at communities of color with threats of travel restrictions, walls and deportations, our Board of Directors last year passed a resolution urging that all CSU campuses be sanctuary places of hope, not fear for both students and staff.

In the days, weeks and months ahead, I encourage all of us to do what we can – whether it’s marching in a rally or making a call to Congress – to show that standing with these Dreamers is what makes America great.

Pat Gantt
President, CSEUEU