The Office of the General Representative III is one of the fourteen offices at UCLA’s Undergraduate Student Association, the official entity of student government at UCLA. We are committed to spreading awareness and mobilizing to address social issues currently occurring at UCLA and in the nation.
One of the main issues we are addressing is immigration. Over the past two years, the immigrant community has constantly been under attack by the current presidential administration. On September 5, 2017, the administration announced its attempt to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This policy was implemented in 2012 which gave undocumented youth, who came to the United States at a young age, a two-year renewable permit to legally work and reside in the US.
It has also allowed about 700 Bruins, who are currently under the program, to work and attend classes at UCLA. From allowing them to pay for their books to attaining a job on campus, DACA has lifted off major burdens off the shoulders of UndocuBruins and has allowed them to live without fear. However, due to the many attempts of the administration to end the policy, their lives hang on a thread. For many under this program, they do not know or recognize any other country as their home other than the United States.
UCLA has constantly opened its door to young undocumented immigrants (UndocuBruins) as it is the UC with the most undocumented students on its campus. Facing not only the potential termination of DACA, Undocubruins also face the challenge of not being eligible for federal financial assistance. This causes a burden as UndocuBruins struggle to pay for their tuition, books, and at times even their meals. This campaign aims to raise money to help UndocuBruins alleviate their financial burden because we believe that everyone, regardless of immigration status, deserves a chance to succeed in the only country they know and love.
Our office compromises of a diverse group of students that are dedicated to addressing the inequalities and inequities among marginalized communities on campus. We are committed to addressing these issues and work tirelessly to implement institutionalized change on campus.
This campaign is dedicated to all undocumented immigrants at UCLA and to Nicole Corona and Aaron Simental who have continuously mobilized to address the financial burdens that UndocuBruins face.