HANCOCK SUPPORTS DACA ADVOCACY WEEK WITH EVENTS,
RESOLUTION FROM ACADEMIC SENATE
The Allan Hancock College Dream Club and AB 540 Working Group for Undocumented Students hosted several events in solidarity with DACA Advocacy Week, a week dedicated to providing education and support for students who are part of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“DACA Advocacy Week provides an opportunity to join a statewide community college effort in support of a program that has protected more than 200,000 young adults in California who are among our brightest students and hardest workers,” said California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “DACA recipients had no control over their immigration status, as they were brought here as children. We must continue to press for an immediate and permanent resolution for these students.”
The week started with a Foundation Knowledge Workshop aimed at providing participants with information and resources on how to best support undocumented students in accordance with state and federal laws. Diana Villaneuva, district representative for Congressman Salud Carbajal, spoke to students during a Dreamers Support Forum that included other local organization supporting Dreamers. The AB 540 Working Group and Dream Club will host a Dreamers Transfer Workshop on Thursday, October 19, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Members of Hancock’s Academic Senate presented a signed resolution to the board of trustees during the board’s meeting on Tuesday, October 10. In the resolution, the Academic Senate formally announced its opposition to the elimination of the DACA program and “reaffirmed its commitment to the values of inclusion and diversity for all students, regardless of immigration status.”
The Academic Senate also urged the board of trustees to remain “in support of DACA recipients and other undocumented students and that it call on the Congress of the United States to preserve the DACA program and to work toward comprehensive immigration reform so that all students can strive to reach their educational goals.”
Hancock’s College Council approved the Academic Senate’s resolution as an affirmation of the Unity Resolution passed by the Academic Senate, the Associated Student Body Government, College Council and the Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees.
The College Council has asked for the Academic Senate’s resolution to be forwarded for consideration at the November board of trustees’ meeting.
“We are happy to ensure this happens,” said Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “It is extremely important that everyone – regardless of immigration status – feels safe, supported and valued at Hancock. We remain dedicated to maintaining an environment of mutual respect where students feel empowered to achieve their goals, to go anywhere, without fear or anxiety.”
DACA was launched in June of 2012 to address the uncertain status of thousands of young people brought to this country as children by granting permission to stay in the United States and obtain work permits. To qualify for DACA, applicants must pass a rigorous screening, must have arrived in the United States before reaching age 16, must have resided here continuously since 2012, must be enrolled in or completed high school, and must not have been convicted of a crime and not present a threat to national security or public safety.
On September 5, the Trump Administration announced the federal government intends to wind down the program pending a six-month window allowing Congress to act, and a growing coalition of educators, business leaders, clergy and public office holders are calling on their representatives to permanently preserve the DACA program and further work toward comprehensive immigration reform.
Approximately one week later, Governor Jerry Brown announced a deal to provide $30 million to support California’s undocumented immigrants. The proposal provides $20 million in additional funding for immigration legal services under the One California program, and an additional $10 million in financial aid for Dreamers in the California Community Colleges, California State University and University of California systems. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office will receive $7 million.
Governor Brown’s administration has also launched the California Immigrant Guide website to help connect immigrants with resources and services provided by the state.