SPRINGFIELD, MO (09/08/17) - Missouri State University students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered on the campus to hold a rally in solidarity for DACA recipients affected by the Trump administration’s decision to end the program.
“As a DACA recipient, living in Missouri, it’s difficult to feel supported and seeing a huge turnout and seeing people clapping and supporting us means a lot to me," says Mayra Ramirez.
“Our faculty, our teachers, and seeing them in the crowd really just uplifted me," says MSU student Melvi Cifuentes.
Students and faculty members urged the university to take concrete actions towards protecting undocumented and daca students. MSU President Clif Smart says the time for action is now.
“Our congressmen don’t know how you feel unless you talk to them," says Smart.
Those attending signed letters to congress demanding that senators support DACA recipients and stand in solidarity.
Students on the Missouri State campus say that they’re in this together and the only way to make a change is when you see someone being discriminated against you should speak up and report it.
With almost 200 people who came out to support DACA, one recipient of the Obama-era program says with his future at risk, it’s time congress made a change.
“If I lose DACA, I lose my whole life," says a DACA recipient. "I’ll lose my house, my truck, and I lose my opportunity to make the American dream here in the U.S.”
With an outcry of help from students and faculty, everyone agreed that this is the time to have your voice heard. If you’d like to speak out you can text “RESIST” to 50409 or the university is calling for everyone to tweet using #MOSTATEDEFENDSDACA to Roy blunt and Representative Long.