Message from the President
Dear University Community:
Like many of you, I am profoundly disappointed by President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In a news conference today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Homeland Security has initiated a wind down of DACA. During this period, Congress has the option of taking action. If Congress fails to replace the policy with legislation, DACA will fully expire on March 5, 2018.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, current DACA program participants will be allowed to retain both the period of deferred action and their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire, unless terminated or revoked. DACA benefits are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance. The Department of Homeland Security’s website includes the Memorandum of Rescission, a FAQ sheet, and other information.
Trump’s decision to rescind DACA will not weaken the resolve of our faculty, staff, and administrators to support all of our students—regardless of their immigration status. And this decision must not dampen the resolve of DACA students. Students, I encourage you to remain motivated and committed to your educational goals. Do not lose hope. Cal State LA stands with you.
Counselors from the Student Health Center will be available today at the Erika J. Glazer Family Dreamers Resource Center and at the Cross Cultural Centers to meet with students. From noon to 2 p.m., the CCC will host a #GetWoke/#Stay Woke Fest.
I have been working with, and will continue to work with, CSU administrators, elected officials, our campus community, and others to ensure that our undocumented students realize their dreams of pursuing a university degree. On Thursday, I spoke at an event with Congressman Jimmy Gomez on the future of DACA. I have heard the concerns, fears, and frustrations of our DACA students. I will continue to speak up on this issue and to advocate in the strongest terms on their behalf.
As I have mentioned previously, it is important to understand that the provisions of AB 540 are California law and will not be affected by federal actions related to DACA. Enrollment and financial aid for AB 540 students, including students who may be undocumented, will remain in place.
In the aftermath of this decision, please be aware of campus community members who may need support and direct them to relevant resources. The Dreamers Resource Center will continue to assist our undocumented students. Counseling and Psychological Services offers counseling for students in the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff seeking help may utilize our Employee Assistance Program offered through Human Resources Management. The Cal State LA webpage dedicated to providing resources and information regarding immigration issues can be found here. We will continue to update this page with the latest news and resources.
This is a challenging time for our community and for our nation. Our community is strongest when we are united. We will work together. We will stand together. We will build a better future together.