The letter signing, led by Sac State President Robert Nelsen, was part of a chorus of voices this week demanding legislation that would protect the 800,000 young immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
Five House Republicans from Pennsylvania are among almost three-dozen GOP lawmakers asking House Speaker Paul Ryan to hold a vote this month on legislation dealing with the fate of 800,000 people who were brought to the USA illegally when they were children.
In September, President Donald Trump moved to end the President Barack Obama amnesty program that has allowed them to stay.
As a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and a DACA recipient, I can tell you that the current post-truth society that we are living in makes it very hard to have a balanced bipartisan debate on immigration and just about every other issue.
"DACA recipients should not be a political football".
Changes to the law, if not postponed as lawmakers debate the issue, would affect more than 800,000 people nationwide including at least 7,000 in SC.
"While we firmly believe Congress must work to address other issues within our broken immigration system, it is imperative that Republicans and Democrats come together to solve this problem now and not wait until next year", the lawmakers said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan released Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Monday that many of these immigrants have contributed to the nation's well-being.
"I was a year old", Randy Huerta said.
One of those students, Fatima Yesenia Diaz, 21, said she was brought to California at age 11. It has brought me to this question: in the midst of a bipartisan debate on my future and the future of my country, can Members of Congress refrain from seeking the advice of individuals and organizations with current and well documented ties to white nationalism? "Myself and 1,700 DACA recipients in Congressman Ami Bera's district want to give back".
Dreamers hope congress can pass.
"We were kind of in limbo", Jimenez said. "We care for our families and that's the foundation of what this country is all about".