Statement Regarding Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals

Today, the federal government announced the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allowed eligible undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 16 a period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility to request employment authorization. In response to the announcement, Chancellor White has issued a statement to the University community. I join Chancellor White in being deeply disappointed by this morning’s decision. You may read the full text of his statement by clicking here: http://www.csub.edu/president//_files/Chancellor_White_Memo_09.05.17_DACA.pdf

In addition, I’d like to share with you part of a statement issued by Dr. Muriel Howard, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU):

“Today’s announcement is all the more unfortunate in light of the administration’s failure to articulate a solution to the plight of the more than 800,000 young people whose lives are turned upside down by this action. On multiple occasions, the president himself has expressed personal sympathy for young Dreamers, giving them hope that his administration will lead the effort to devise a legal solution to address their undocumented status. In terminating the program without proposing policy alternatives, the White House is abandoning these young and talented individuals to a fate that is as unnecessary as it is cruel.”

I will write to our Congressional delegation shortly to urge them to ask Donald Trump to rescind his unwise policy position on DACA, or to urge Congress to pass legislation immediately to preserve the intent of DACA.

CSUB affirms its commitment to maintaining an inclusive and safe campus for all members of our community, including our undocumented students and their families. Reflective of our core values, the University will continue to support the intellectual and personal potential of every student regardless of their immigration status or national origin. Along with the CSU system, CSU Bakersfield remains committed to supporting our DACA students in their dream of completing a college education and making a contribution to our community, state and nation.

It is also important to understand that the provisions of AB 540, AB 2000, and the California Dream Act are California law and will not be affected by federal actions related to DACA. Enrollment, tuition, and financial aid for our students will not be impacted by the ending of the DACA program.

I also want to take this opportunity to announce that I am establishing an AB 540/ Undocumented Educational Equity Taskforce at CSUB. The Taskforce will guide the University in identifying the needs of undocumented students on our campus and opportunities for support.

As we shared earlier this year, the CSU advises any member of our campus community who is approached while on campus by federal, state or local officials asking for documentation regarding immigration status, to immediately contact the University Police Department (UPD). You may contact UPD at (661) 654-2111. UPD will act as a liaison with the on-site officials and will coordinate with the CSU Office of General Counsel to provide guidance, references and resources as available.

Let us continue to work together to maintain a welcoming and inclusive campus community.

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