Dear University Community:
Over the years, I’ve spoken with countless families in our community whose dreams for their children are like those of my family. They want their kids to receive a college education so they’ll have good careers and a bright future. Cal State LA offers fertile ground for those dreams to come true as our students explore new ideas and opportunities together. That’s the experience I hope our students will have here. But there are times when their experiences are not ones that I wish for them.
As a public university, we uphold the right to free speech—but I want you to know that I recognize its cost. Some speech may be deeply hurtful and may cause anger, confusion and feelings of betrayal among many in our community. As a first-generation college graduate, whose life was changed through education, I cannot remain silent in the face of actions that ostracize our students who are immigrants or children of immigrants.
When the actions of a few on our campus lack the compassion and sensitivity that characterize healthy dialogue, it is our collective responsibility to restore those values. I stand, in unwavering solidarity, with all our students, regardless of their immigration status. My Italian immigrant grandparents would expect no less of me. To demean and insult in a blatant attempt to provoke others is wrong. Dreamers and other immigrant students are transforming their lives through education and realizing their dreams.
We recognize the needs of our students, faculty and staff. For this reason, our campus professionals at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Dreamers Resource Center remain available to assist students. Students may visit CAPS or call 24 hours a day at (323) 343-3300. Assistance is offered to faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program at (323) 343-3654.
We continue to provide immigration forums and other events that feature expert panelists, and the Cross Cultural Centers are offering community conversations, with opportunities for students to discuss this and other difficult topics. Our Immigration Issues and Resources page offers useful information.
The role of the University in these divisive times is to stand for the values and principles that are central to higher education and to a civil society. As we witness the polarization of our nation, we must not allow that vitriol to influence how we relate to each other. In our community, compassion and caring are fundamental and divisiveness has no place.
In The News
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether President Trump may end Obama-era protections for the young immigrants known as “Dreamers.”
After months of delay, the justices announced they would hear arguments in the fall over whether the administration has the authority to “wind down” the program, which suspended deportation for these young immigrants who were brought into the country as children.
Under the court’s schedule, a decision would not be handed down until late spring of next year, just as the presidential campaign moves into high gear.
The long legal dispute has been a source of anxiety for the nearly 700,000 young adults. covered by the program. They have been living and working in the U.S. legally under the Obama administration program. But if Trump’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is allowed to proceed, they could be subject to deportation to foreign countries they have never known.
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Senators Feinstein, Harris join Rep. Lowenthal, other legislators who wonder why DACA-holders can’t travel abroad
California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris joined a growing number in Congress calling on the Trump administration to allow DACA recipients to travel abroad – a campaign spearheaded by a Cal State Long Beach professor and Southern California immigrant youth.
In a letter sent Tuesday, Feb. 12, 36 legislators from both chambers asked for documents and information relating to the administration’s policy shift in 2017, when officials began denying requests from those with DACA status who want to travel abroad for work, study or to visit sick and elderly relatives.
A provision in U.S. immigration law called advance parole allows non-citizens with legal status to travel internationally for humanitarian, educational and employment purposes. And until 2017, the government allowed DACA holders permission to leave and re-enter the country.
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A U.S. district judge in San Francisco has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants.
The ruling late Wednesday afternoon will relieve immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan from the threat of deportation.
It came in response to a class-action lawsuit alleging that government officials approached their decisions about TPS with a political agenda, ignored facts and were motivated by racism. Administration officials deny those allegations, saying the program was never intended to provide a long-term reprieve.
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Federal judge: Trump administration must accept new DACA applications
A federal judge in Texas has declined to order that the U.S. government stop the Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling on Friday is a blow to opponents of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. They filed a lawsuit in hopes Hanen would rule the program unconstitutional.
That would have triggered a conflict with three federal orders that have required the U.S. government to keep accepting DACA renewals even after President Donald Trump tried to end the program last year. Legal experts say such a conflict would have drawn the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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A D.C. federal judge has delivered the toughest blow yet to Trump administration efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, ordering the government to continue the Obama-era program and — for the first time since announcing it would end — reopen it to new applicants.
U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Tuesday called the government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “virtually unexplained” and therefore “unlawful.” However, he stayed his ruling for 90 days to give the Department of Homeland Security a chance to provide more solid reasoning for ending the program.
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It’s been a time of uncertainty for the roughly 700,000 young unauthorized immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Obama-era program, known as DACA, granted temporary work permits and protection from deportation for young adults who arrived in the U.S. as children.
Once someone qualified, that status had to be renewed every two years.
President Trump ended the program in September but called on Congress to find a better solution ahead of March 5. That was supposed to the date beyond which no more renewals could take place.