By Kiara Torres
On November 8, the presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump came to a close. To the shock of many, republican nominee Donald Trump has now become the president-elect. Young people across the country, especially in California, were angry about the results due to Trump’s campaign rhetoric.
Students from all nine University of California campuses began protests as soon as the results were announced. The following day students at the California State University campuses and high schools across California had protests as well as walk-outs. Venice High School, Berkeley High School, South Gate High School and Valley Academy of Art and Science were just some of the high schools that held protest or walk-outs.
“I was extremely angry to find out that he is now our president-elect because it made me realize how many people support intolerance. As for the multiple protests held at my school California State University, Northridge (CSUN), I fully support them because they are mostly peaceful,” CSUN sophomore David Cahue said.
Students across the state disapprove of Trump because of his anti-immigrant attitude which targets Mexican-Americans as well as his racist remarks about Latinos. According to the Los Angeles Times, California is home to over 10 million immigrants. And, according to the Public Policy Institute of California, close to 15 million of those immigrants are Latinos, showing the possible wide impact of Trump’s anti-immigrant attitude on California in particular.
For many students, this election signifies an uncertain future. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Dream Act allows undocumented students to receive state and college financial aid for their college education. Dreamers are those undocumented students who came to the United States before the age of 16, have obtained a high school diploma, and will utilize DACA to help with their college education. Trump has established that when he is president, he plans on discarding these programs for undocumented students according to Business Insider. Many California Dreamers are both upset and worried.
The many student protests, both local and across the nation, illustrate that these students feel they deserve the right to be in this country and that the future president should not be one who mocks and stereotypes people. To signify unity at these protests, students often wave Mexican, Guatemalan, and many other flags to demonstrate the importance of a diverse America.
Student walkouts are scheduled to continue in Los Angeles with no clear end in sight.