DACA students still worry after CA becomes sanctuary state

Posted at 8:06 PM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 10:50:55-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - California is officially a sanctuary state after this past weekend.

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers enacted a law Saturday limiting the state’s ability to help federal immigration authorities.

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San Diego’s Mesa College is holding its DACA advocacy week but several of its events scheduled at the Cesar Chavez Campus in Barrio Logan were canceled due to poor attendance the school attributed to fears by the DACA students themselves.

All other events at the Mesa College Campus will continue as scheduled.

Cameras were not allowed in what was proffered as a public forum of undocumented students sharing their perspectives as the immigration issue is sorted out.

“It’s a struggle for them,” said counselor Jesus Gaytan, who says his DACA students are worried about the political climate. “Circumstances have been painful,” added Gaytan, “remember they are here because they want to learn.” 

Mesa College officials say they would not out a student if there were ICE raids on campus.