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Stranger Than Fiction | Matt Kriese

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As an American, there are certain values that I wish to uphold to the greatest extents and depths I can possibly achieve. I believe in a future built by the determination of young people who have seen the injustices of the past and wish to do away with them. I believe in the acknowledgment of human dignity. I believe that, in the most literal sense of the phrase, all people are created equal and that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights; however, there are, to this day, unquestionable barriers toward people striving to share in these values.

On the fifth of this month, almost 3,000 faculty, staff, administrators, legislators, and most importantly, students came to the Auraria campus to advocate for the expansion of the recently threatened DACA student services program and for streamlined citizenship of undocumented immigrants. During a massive walkout which included local high schools and colleges, many voices spoke on the importance of services like DACA in the protection of underprivileged students. Among the primary speakers were several students from Metro State who are apart of Padres y Jóvenes Unidos. is is an organization designed to assist undocumented students on the Auraria campus.These speakers attended college entirely because of their DACA status and assistance from the program.

In fact, Metro provides undocumented students far more resources than CU Denver. Local students who are undocumented almost always turn to the resources at Metro before CU Denver simply because Metro has made it a priority of theirs to advocate for these students. Meanwhile, CU Denver has offered these students little more than a hopeful message on social media. It is high time that the university which has honored me the best education I could obtain begins to share my experience with those who are currently incapable of sitting in the classroom with me.

I challenge students at CU Denver to pressure our higher administration about this issue. If Metro can fight for these students, there’s no reason we can’t too.

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