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Sac State students and faculty share expectations for Biden’s presidency


As President Joe Biden reaches one month in his presidency, many students and faculty in Sacramento state expect the Biden administration to address the issues left by the previous administration.

The State Hornet spoke to Sac State students and faculty about what they wanted to see Biden accomplish regarding some of the issues the United States is grappling with during his tenure.


On the first day of his tenure, Biden sent an immigration bill to Congress as part of his commitment to modernize the U.S. immigration system.

The U.S. Citizenship Act 2021 establishes a new system to responsibly manage and secure our border, keep our families and communities safe, and better manage migration across the hemisphere, ”Biden said Jan. 20 during a press briefing at the White House.

Erik Ramirez, program coordinator for the Dreamer Resource Center at Sac State, said everyone at the center is optimistic that they will see immigration reform that will not only address the problems of students, but also the problems facing students. families of these students are facing.

that of the White House fact sheet of Biden’s immigration bill says he would modernize the U.S. immigration system and prioritize keeping families together.

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“I would like the administration to grant citizenship to the millions of people under DACA and to chart a path to citizenship for immigrants who have been here for a long time, while making life easier for new immigrants to the United States,” said Ivan Cervera. , major in civil engineering, via text.

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Sac State students demonstrate on campus on September 5, 2017 to oppose the Trump administration’s plans to eliminate DACA programs. On his first day in office, President Biden sent a bill (The US Citizenship Act of 2021) to Congress to modernize the US immigration system. (Claire Morgan)

The legislation would also allow certain people, such as Dreamers, who meet specific conditions, to be immediately eligible for a green card.

“We are enthusiastic, optimistic and hopeful, but we are also cautious because we understand that any concrete immigration reform will require Congress,” Ramirez said.

Biden issued a proclamation who rejected Trump’s Proclamation 10014 that suspended the entry of immigrants who posed a risk to the U.S. economy during the COVID-19 pandemic according to a featured issue of Biden’s First 100 Days in office by the American Association of Immigration Lawyers. However, it took no action to revoke the entry ban on temporary non-immigrant workers.

Higher Education

For years, students took out loans so they could afford to pursue higher education. The Federal Reserve estimates that in the third quarter of 2020, Americans owed more than $ 1.7 trillion in student loans, a 102% increase over the past decade from the $ 845 billion owed in the third quarter of 2010, according to a CNBC article.

“It is really expensive to go to higher education institutions, which is why people resort to student loans; I think we have to find a way to cut those costs, ”said Christian Landaverde, Republican College member and major in political science.

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California Faculty Association members and California State University students march April 5, 2017 from the Old Rose Garden in downtown Sacramento to the State Capitol to advocate for increased funding for education superior. At a town hall on CNN on February 16, 2020, Biden said he would not write off $ 50,000 in student debt for individuals, but would consider a lower amount. (Carlo Marzan)

As of January 20, 2021 Acting Secretary of Education Extended Pause on Federal Student Loan Payments and Collections, Keeps Interest Rate at 0% at the request of President Biden.

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Cevera wants to see the Biden administration cancel all student debt. He thinks that putting student loans on hold for eight months is nowhere near enough.

“It’s like putting a mini bandage on a deep wound,” Cervera said via text message.

Biden said on February 16 that he would not eliminate $ 50,000 in student debt, reject a proposal that other Democrats introduced this month, but is open to some level of loan cancellation according to an article from NBC News.


On January 20, 2021, Biden signed a decree which made the use of masks mandatory in federal buildings and public spaces.

The Secretary of Health and Human Services will work with various states to establish a standard for the use of masks in public places with the goal of enforcing the rules of the mandate by the public under the decree.

“Extensive research from around the world proves that wearing a mask is one of the best ways to contain the virus.” said Cévera.

Second-year student Angelica Lopez, a major in nutrition and diet, said the challenge for Biden comes from the public themselves, as many don’t follow the rules much and ignore the dangers.

“I see people on social media, they throw parties and everything,” Lopez said. “So they don’t follow the order but I think the orders have been very good and have shown a good effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s just that people are very stubborn and don’t will simply not follow. ”

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Sac State displays signs indicating that face coverings are required as air quality deteriorates on campus on August 20, 2020. On January 20, 2021, Biden signed an executive order that mandated the use of masks in federal buildings and public spaces. Chris Wong

College Democrats vice president of communications Mousa Musallam said he believed the mask’s mandate was important in preventing the spread of the virus.

“I don’t think there will be any legitimate grounds for saying ‘oh he violated my freedom’ like no, it’s a matter of health,” Musallam said.

Another priority for the Biden administration is the prioritization, distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Professor of political science James DeShaw Rae said the problem he sees with Biden’s vaccine rollout is that it creates an expectation of something that may be out of reach.

“The risk is that it is up to states and counties to execute the deployment and I think it will adapt to partnerships, but I think it runs the risk of creating high expectations that don’t seem to match up with the way its unfolding out right now, “DeShaw Rae said.” Although he’s been in office for a month.

by Biden safety plan involves a stimulus package that would give working families a second check for $ 1,400. This would provide basic total relief provided by the government at $ 3,200 since March.

On Saturday, Biden’s bailout was voted on and adopted by the House of Representatives, and will now be sent to the Senate.

“I really think it’s taxpayers’ money already, so it would be really nice to see that money come back to the people,” Landaverde said.

There must also be stronger protections for essential workers and penalties for companies trying to fire workers, Cevera said.

“Everyone should be getting $ 2,000 a month and the rent should be federally covered until it’s all over,” Cervera said.

Equity and equality

MLK Center program coordinator and academic advisor Jubal Croom, referring to MLK, said, “We need to have a radical redistribution of our country’s wealth, that’s fairness.

Biden signed a decree January 20 to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities through the federal government.

Biden told a White House news briefing that it will be the policy of his administration for the federal government to seek an approach to advance fairness for all. This would include people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized and affected by inequality according to Biden.

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On January 26, the president signed four different decrees; all of which dealt with racial inequality and / or systemic racism in this country.

“For our country we have to look at ourselves in the mirror, we are talking about being the best country in the world, but we have people in inhumane situations, in jail and in cages all over the country,” Croom said.

Biden admitted at the press conference, before signing the four decrees, “We have never fully respected the founding principles of this nation,” said the It is obvious that all people are created equal and have the right to be treated equally throughout their lives.

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Rosie Quinzel, a computer science major, poses at the Pride Center at University Union at Sac State on February 11, 2020. President Biden signed executive orders in his first month to tackle racial inequality and prevent discrimination on the ground. basis of gender identity. or sexual orientation in the military. Kayleen carter

Biden signed another Executive Decree January 20 to prevent and combat discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. The executive order will apply laws such as Title VII which prohibit such discrimination.

“I have a lot of faith in the really radical and progressive LGBTQ organization that is happening locally in the United States the way people organize themselves and push the federal government and state governments to bring that kind of thing. changes, “said Tristan Josephson, associate professor of women’s studies in Sac State.

On January 25, the White House released a declaration saying that all transgender people who wish to serve in the military and meet specific standards to do so will be allowed to do so indiscriminately, overturning the ban enacted by the Trump administration.

“I think that trans people serving openly if they want to will have no impact on the performance of the military,” Josephson said. “I’m more concerned that I think it doesn’t address how the military itself is a violent institution, so we’re seeing a lot of gender-based violence in the military right now.”