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Message from President Leroy Morishita regarding DACA

Office of the President, Cal State East Bay, September 5, 2017

I was very dismayed by the decision today to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and wanted to share my deep concern for everyone affected by this unwelcome ruling.  Despite this action, I want to be clear - undocumented students are an important and vital part of Cal State East Bay.  We will continue to make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming campus environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of our communities. As a proud member of the Dream.US which supports DACA eligible students with scholarships, we welcome these students as they pursue their education on our campus. 
Over the next few days we will examine the implications this decision will have on our students and employees.  In the meantime, I would like to remind the campus community of the resources available on our undocumented student web site. We will update this web site as soon as new information is made available, which will include how to ask Members of Congress to protect the future of these young people. 
In addition, I would like to reiterate Cal State East Bay’s policy regarding immigration, which is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusivity: 
  • Cal State East Bay will not enter into agreements with state or local law enforcement agencies, Homeland Security, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) or any other federal department for the enforcement of federal immigration law; 
  • Our university police department will not honor immigration hold requests; and 
  • Our university police do not contact, detain, question or arrest individuals solely on the basis of being – or suspected of being – a person that lacks documentation.

I appreciate that so many of you have reached out with offers of assistance and your understanding of the stress and pressure this creates for members of our campus community.  If you haven’t already had the opportunity to participate in one of our “UndocuAlly Training” sessions, I encourage you to do so.  
Lastly, rest assured that I will be working with students, faculty and staff groups to urge Congress to restore the DACA program. Your voices are needed to ensure the Dream Act will continue and I hope you will join me on this important issue.

Sincerely,

Leroy M. Morishita
President

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