“Sanctuary Colleges” Leaders vowing to protect undocumented students

“Sanctuary Colleges” Leaders vowing to protect undocumented students

 

There are about 8,000 undocumented students in the California State University system, another 2,500 across University of California campuses; but the schools are now vowing to protect them from federal immigration enforcement due to their citizenship status.

In a strongly worded letter to the President-Elect, California college leaders from the UC, CSU and Community Colleges are saying – let our students stay.

Worried about President-Elect Donald Trump’s promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants, the state’s public higher education system says it is taking action to protect thousands of undocumented students.

“We wanted to reach out to Trump before any policy decisions are made,” Cathy Baur said who is the Interim Vice President for University Advancement.

In an open letter, University of California, Californa State University and California Community College leaders told the President-Elect students should be allowed to pursue their dream of higher education without fear of being arrested, deported, or rounded up just because their parents brought them here as children.

“Diversity, access, and inclusion are part of the core fiber of this institution. We’re committed to providing a welcoming campus to all of our students and giving support to our students,” Baur added.

UC President Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration and former Arizona Governor, was once responsible for protecting the nation’s borders and now she has vowed to defend undocumented students.

“I’m pretty proud to go here. This school prides itself on diversity,” Tara Morales said who is a senior at Cal State San Marcos.

Students at San Marcos listened to the platform Trump ran on: the border wall, mass deportations, a ban on Muslim immigration; they say they’re worried about fellow students.

“Even if you are undocumented, you should still be here, because everyone deserves the right to education. If an election is happening in the middle of the school year, it shouldn’t determine if you get a degree,” Morales added.

“It’s great we’re standing as one. Education is important. Trump trying to kick people out hurts a lot of people,” Alyssa Gonzales said.

The Cal State San Marcos Interim Vice President for University Advancement added that whether or not students are U.S. citizens is not part of the decision-making process when considering applications.  But, with the President-Elect threatening federal aid to sanctuary cities, this stance could put tens of millions of federal dollars that go to the state college system at risk.

So far, there has been no official response from the Trump team.

 

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