The California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education (CaCCCHE), an organization comprised of staff and administrators who serve in identity-based and cross-cultural resource centers on college campuses on the West Coast, denounces the White House termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which provides work permits and protection from deportation for individuals brought in the United States as children, and its impact on 800,000 individuals in the United States.
California is the home of an estimated 220,000 DACA recipients, the most of any state in the U.S. Collectively we are in solidarity with a total of 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. Dignity and respect for individual and collective lives is one of our fundamental values.
CaCCCHE sends its unwavering love and support for the livelihood and well being of our students, staff, neighbors, and their families and loved ones during this time. As fellow colleagues we all face the brutal realities of these challenging times and we are all affected.
CaCCCHE has taken action to assist those who are directly impacted by these policy changes:
1) We have begun a fundraising campaign to raise $2500 to provide relief for California Dreamers. We will fund 5 DACA renewals for California college students with these funds. Please donate if you can.
2) We will provide a policy update on DACA at the Fall Drive-In onFriday, October 20th at Chapman University.
3) We will also host roundtables for those who wish to process and discuss the topic with trusted colleagues at theFall Drive-In on Friday,October 20th at Chapman University.
Though the future is uncertain, know that CaCCCHE is in this with you. As we support our students, please remember to take time to self-care, re-charge, nourish yourselves, and be with community. Together we will lift and support each other with critical hope and deliberate action.
CaCCCHE Executive Board
P.S. We have also provided links to useful resources and responses from the leadership of California’s systems of higher education. Please check out the links below.
TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ANNOUNCEMENT TO END DACA
Responses from California Systems of Higher Education:
California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley’s Statement on the Trump Administration’s Action to End DACA for Dreamers
CSU Chancellor's Statement on DACA
UC President Napolitano's Statement
Responses from National Organizations:
NASPA Calls on Congress to Save DACA
ACPA Calls on US Congress to Keep DACA
UC Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Administration for Terminating DACA protections:
University of California sues Trump administration on unlawful repeal of DACA program
Letter from President Napolitano on UC’s decision to sue the Trump administration
Napolitano Sues Trump to Save DACA Program She Helped Create