About 100 CSUMB students and staff gather in the main quad.

It was a dramatic setting for a dramatic decision. On Sept. 11, lightning cracked in the distance while gray clouds hovered. A group of 50-plus people, organized by CSUMB's Women's March to rally against President Donald Trump's decision to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. 

The clouds momentarily gave way to sunlight, spotlighting a few students, DACA recipients and other unaffiliated community members. Among them were Women's March President Estefania Rodriguez and Jose Ansaldo, the subject of a PBS film, East of Salinas, and who is the only one of his siblings who is not a U.S. citizen. 

In large part, the rally highlighted on-campus resources including training for allies of DACA recipients, toolkits to write to lawmakers and fundraising methods for various emergency needs. But there were also a few personal stories interspersed, including a Dreamer and CSUMB student from Guatemala, who requested not to be identified.

Fighting back tears, she spoke about how the U.S. was the only country she had ever known.

"We're coming here less than 2 years old," she said. "We didn't have a say, we just went."

Many of those who "went" came to California. The state has more than 2 million undocumented immigrants, more than any other state in the United States. 

Earlier in the day, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a statement announcing that the state would sue the Trump Administration over its decision to rescind DACA. California is one of 15 states, plus Washington D.C., that is suing the feds for the same issue. 

Additionally, the pro bono legal nonprofit One Justice is stopping by in Greenfield on their Justice Bus, Saturday, Sept. 16 to hold an immigration clinic. The workshop takes place at the city's Civic Center, 550 El Camino Real, from 1-5pm. Translation services are provided, along with free one-on-one meetings on with volunteer law students and attorneys.  

Marielle Argueza is a staff writer and calendar editor for the Weekly. She covers education, immigration and culture. Additionally, she covers the areas of Marina and South County. She occasionally writes about food and runs the internship program.

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