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Consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have hit international students the hardest

Traveling restrictions and federal regulations: International Students Program reaches out to students in uncertain times
(Photo by Illustration by Emily Mello)

Emily Mello, Photo Editor

May 14, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, international students are also dealing with challenges during this time in quarantine, including the new travel restrictions that prevent them from visiting their families and also keeping up with their immigration statuses. Kevin Joon Tai Kim, a student and a peer men...

Pop media takes on immigration

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Bram Martinez

October 30, 2019

On Sept. 25, Comedy Central aired its first episode of the 23rd season of “South Park,” titled Mexican Joker. In this episode, Randy Marsh defends his ‘tegridy’ (the name of his farm) while Kyle Brofloski is in an immigration camp, where he convinced the ICE members that they are taking part in cr...

Admired college counselor retires after 30 years at ARC

Thomas Greene, President of American River College (left), congratulates Manuel Ruedas, Puente Project coordinator and Trio (STEM) counselor (right), at his retirement ceremony on Nov. 30, 2018 in the Community Rooms at American River College. (Photo by Christian Sutton)

Christian Sutton

December 10, 2018

Manuel Ruedas, Puente Project coordinator and Trio Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program counselor, will retire at the end of December after a 30-year career at American River College. Ruedas started at ARC as a general counselor in 1988. He began his journey teaching soci...

ARC responds to proposed revocation of birthright citizenship

T-shirts that read “Vota”, “Rise up as One” and “Resist” hang in the Puente counseling office in the Hub to raise awareness for immigrants rights and presence on campus at American River College on Nov. 26, 2018. (Photo by Christian Sutton)

Christian Sutton

November 26, 2018

On Oct. 30, President Donald Trump’s administration said they planned to prepare an executive order that would revoke the birthright citizenship for children of immigrants in the United States. The proposed executive order prompted immigration counselors and other professionals at American River Colle...

Mexican immigrants deserve the American Dream

Staff writer Cecilia Castillo Juarez holds a 1988-era photo of her parents in their home of Mexico. (photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Cecilia Castillo Juarez

May 8, 2018

Recently, at the request from United States President Donald Trump, California Governor Jerry Brown agreed to send the National Guard to the California Border to protect Americans from gang activity and illegal immigration. Being first generation of two Mexican parents, I believe that the American Dre...

National politics threaten to dehumanize DACA students

On March 5 approximately  700,000 DACA recipients  will face the gradual loss of work permits and deportation protection.  (File Photo)

Alexus Hurtado

February 27, 2018

After an almost four-day government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans voted on Jan. 22 to resume operations until Feb. 8 in hopes of keeping the approximately 700,000 “Dreamers” in the states. Democrats and Republicans reconvened Feb. 8, however, and still couldn't come to a decision on how to keep ...

ARC’s DACA students prepare for an uncertain future

Anti-DACA protesters gather in downtown Sacramento on Sept. 6, 2017 to voice their support for “Dreamers.” (Photo courtesy of Grace Loescher)

John Ennis

September 11, 2017

Sept. 5's announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions about ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has left many of American River College's undocumented students wondering what lies ahead for their futures in the next six months. DACA was an immigration policy enacted by th...

The expected clash between protesters and supporters took place at Trump’s Sacramento rally

Protester Evan Sandlin shouts at Donald Trump supporters as they file into the presidential hopeful's rally in Sacramento.
(Photo by Jordan Schauberger)

Jordan Schauberger

June 2, 2016

As has become the norm at Donald Trump rallies, protesters made their presence felt outside of the rally in Sacramento. Signs of “deport Trump” and “Trump is racist, sexist and bigoted” were up close to the long line of those trying to see Trump speak. American River College student Len...

Trump lays out key points during his speech in Sacramento

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump points to members of the audience during his rally in Sacramento, California on June 1, 2016. (Photo by Kyle Elsasser)

Jordan Schauberger and Robert Hansen

June 2, 2016

By Jordan Schauberger and Robert Hansen With the blazing sun in the eyes of the crowd, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stepped off his plane Wednesday to give a speech to a crowd in Sacramento on his plans to “make America great again.” Trump didn’t venture far, la...

Supporters line up in the heat to hear Tump speak

A Donald Trump supporter holds up a sign reading

Jordan Schauberger and Robert Hansen

June 2, 2016

By Jordan Schauberger and Robert Hansen Thousands of Donald Trump supporters waited in the heat to hear the presumptive Republican presidential nominee speak at his rally in Sacramento on Wednesday. The first attendees started lining up at 8:30 a.m. and Rico Jimenez, drove over seven hours from Orange County to...

UNITE seminar features stories of DREAMers

Faculty members and students from American River College attend a panel organized by UNITE on April 6 to hear the stories from Magdalena Loredo, Claudia Amaro and Jill Anderson (via Skype) about their experience as DREAMers in the US and Mexico. (Photo by Itzin Alpizar).

Claire Bathory

April 15, 2016

The children of unauthorized immigrants in the United States often face innumerable struggles, either embroiled in a legal battle for their rights or facing the daunting challenges that come with relocating to Mexico. Because of this, a saying is popular among them that encapsulates the all-too reg...

Sacramento a gathering spot for refugees seeking new opportunity

Within the next few years, those beginning in college or joining the military will have little to no memories of an America that wasn’t involved in conflict in Afghanistan—though for many Americans, the reality of war never hit home. (Photo illustration by Barbara Harvey)

Matthew Peirson

November 3, 2015

Sacramento has become a large gathering spot for people fleeing from war during the last 20 years. Nearly 30,000 refugees have resettled in Sacramento County from 1995 through 2014, according to the California Department of Social Services. Karen Ferguson, the executive director of the Internation...

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