February 7, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

In light of recent news, I write today to reiterate my unwavering support for all DACA and undocumented students and employees. I am incredibly proud to lead a University that is fundamentally rooted in a commitment to equity and inclusion and embraces diversity as a source of our strength and vitality.

Recently, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that permits the federal administration to proceed with certain rules that would deny admission to the country, or an adjustment, extension, or change of immigrant or nonimmigrant status to individuals who rely on certain government benefit programs, not including federal financial aid.  This is commonly referred to as the “Public Charge” rule.  Additionally, this summer the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Chancellor’s Office will be providing more information about the implications of the Public Charge rule and we will share this information with the campus community as soon as it is available. Please take the time to review the attached information, as well as share links to available resources noted below:
 
CSU Resources for Undocumented Students
CSUCI Resources for Undocumented Students
CSUCI DACA FAQs
CSUCI Multicultural Dream Center

Students seeking support are encouraged to contact Counseling & Psychological Services. Faculty and staff seeking support are encouraged to contact Human Resources or visit the Employee Assistance Program.

The entire CSUCI community is steadfast in our commitment to educating, supporting and protecting all students regardless of immigration status. This is why I have joined with presidents and chancellors across the nation as members of the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, urging Congress and the Supreme Court to protect undocumented students.

Continuing our clear position, the CSU and CSUCI do not undertake efforts with federal immigration enforcement authorities to investigate, detain or arrest individuals for violations of federal immigration law.  Employees who are contacted by federal enforcement authorities must refer all such authorities and inquiries to our University Police Department at 805-437-8444.

I will continue to advocate for our Dreamers and hold steadfast to our fundamental commitment to equity and inclusion. I will also continue to keep the campus community apprised as actions become known to us all.

Sincerely,

Erika D. Beck, President

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