In the wake of the Trump Administration DACA Repeal, Drake University students take to pen and paper.
On September 5 , The Trump Administration officially declared the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program initiated by the Obama Administration. Because of this decision, approximately 800,000 DACAmented residents might be subjected to deportation. Although this decision was adverse to some, Trump left it to Congress to create legislation to give an alternative documentation for these individuals.
Drake students took on the challenge to convince their representatives to vote for an alternative pathway to documentation. With the goal of collecting 6000 letters, UNITY Roundtable and volunteers have been accepting letters in Olmsted Breezway to send off to Senator Joni Ernst, Senator Chuck Grassley and Representative David Young since Saturday.
Tirfiya Musa, the UNITY representative for African Student Association, was a key player in the coordination of this event. Soon after the declaration, UNITY made the decision to start the 6000 Letter Campaign at the DACA Debrief on September 7.
“We wanted to do something impactful,” Musa. said. ” We didn’t just want to be sad and complain. We want to put our emotions into actions.”
This event in welcome to all students, faculty, and community members. UNITY encourages all to participate.