Dear University Community:
Yesterday the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation that allowed certain Nicaraguans to remain in the United States. According to the announcement, Nicaraguans with TPS status now have until January 5, 2019, to leave the country or change their residency status. A decision regarding Hondurans with TPS has been deferred.
This announcement, particularly in the wake of other recent federal actions, may cause fear and anxiety for those in our community who have TPS status, or whose friends and family have TPS status. I want to remind everyone that Cal State LA is, and will remain, committed to our values, even in the face of unsettling actions from Washington. Yesterday’s decision does not diminish our commitment to the academic success of all of our students, regardless of their immigration status.
In the months ahead, we will hear more about TPS. Currently about 212,000 people from El Salvador have TPS status; their protections expire in March. People from 10 nations, including Haiti, Syria, Somalia and Nepal, are protected under the program. DHS has until Thanksgiving Day to announce its plans for Haitians with TPS.
I encourage those in our community who are impacted or concerned to utilize the resources available on campus. Follow the news and remain informed of TPS developments as they unfold, look for updates on our Immigration Issues and Resources page, and support each other.
We have a counselor assigned to the Erika J. Glazer Family Dreamers Resource Center today, and every Tuesday, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Students may also visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or make an appointment with the Dean of Students to discuss concerns related to TPS or immigration issues.
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California State University’s board of trustees unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday encouraging leaders of the nation’s largest public university system and each of its 23 campuses to support and advocate for the continued protection of their 8,300 “Dreamer” students and hundreds more faculty and staff members.
Chancellor Timothy P. White urged the trustees to take a public stand at their meeting in Long Beach. “This resolution … is a rare occurrence, but these are rare and unique circumstances,” he told them. “It’s something that we don’t normally do. But because of its importance, we decided to stand up.”
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Trump administration ending protections for thousands of Nicaraguan migrants, defers decision on Hondurans
The Trump administration said Monday it would end a special reprieve from deportation for thousands of Nicaraguans who have been allowed to stay in the U.S. for years, but delayed a decision on similar protections for tens of thousands of Hondurans.
The Department of Homeland Security announced that it would not renew temporary protected status for about 5,300 Nicaraguans whose protections under the program expire on Jan. 5. They will be allowed to stay in the U.S. only until Jan. 5, 2019, unless they qualify to stay under other provisions of immigration law, senior administration officials told reporters.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra asks judge to reinstate DACA program until final court ruling
Local and state officials who filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program asked a federal judge on Wednesday to reinstate the program until there’s a final court ruling on the lawsuit.
The motion — filed by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the University of California, Santa Clara County and the city of San Jose, among others — asks the Northern District of California to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump Administration’s rescission of DACA while the trial is pending. It’s the latest in a months-long battle between the Trump Administration and DACA supporters to determine the future of the controversial program.
Governor Brown signs 'Sanctuary State' legislation
Under threat of possible retaliation by the Trump administration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.
Senate Bill 54, which takes effect in January, has been blasted as “unconscionable” by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, becoming the focus of a national debate over how far states and cities can go to prevent their officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. Supporters have hailed it as part of a broader effort by majority Democrats in the California Legislature to shield more than 2.3 million immigrants living illegally in the state.
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The funding proposal, expected to be taken up Tuesday in a Senate budget and fiscal committee, comes a day after state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit challenging Trump's decision to rescind DACA, which grants temporary deportation protection and work permits for about 800,000 people across the country.