April 14, 2017This article was written by Tori Johnson
A Resolution that Challenges the Donald
California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) faculty association made a unanimous decision, Monday April 10, affirming CSUMB’s resolution to invest in a support strategy for undocumented, immigrant, foreign, and minority CSU students and campus community members.
The resolution sets forth to challenge the Presidential Executive order, with an extensive and detailed plan to support the following provisions for undocumented students and at-risk campus community members.
“There will be no campus resources supporting any immigration action on campus,” says, Megan O’Donnell, HCOM and Global studies professor, “we wanted to make sure the University Police Department (UPD) wouldn’t allow ICE (U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement) officials physical access to land owned by CSU for raids and round up nor any resource on campus to support any immigration action on campus.”
President Trump of the United States has made it a goal to deport at least three million current U.S residents (Presidential Executive Order). This order would greatly affect the lives of students, families, and the communities within the CSU system.
“The content of this document is something that all students regardless of status should be able to have,” says Victoria Ordaz, 2nd year, molecular biology major, “This resolution not only relieves some of the anxiety that is going on in regards to the political climate, but assures and protects my rights to public education as an undocumented student.”
“There will be no campus resources supporting any immigration action on campus,”
President Ochoa of CSUMB along with 600 other campus Chancellors and Presidents have signed in agreement for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and undocumented immigrant students.
This document protects the privacy of students under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This administration protects childhood arrivals to the United States from the deportation under DACA, and California law provides educational financial assistance to qualified undocumented California residents under AB 540 and the California “Dream” Act.
“We want to make sure our students are cared for, even over summer and winter intersessions,” says O’Donnell, “if a student’s close relative is deported and they have nowhere else to live, the school wants to make sure that student still has access to healthcare, financial aid, and housing at CSUMB.”
During the faculty association meeting, President Ochoa expressed, along with other staff members, their concern regarding stable finances that the school will be asked to provide with an already slim budget.
“The school is working hard with state officials and faculty members to develop a rapid response community network system,” says O’Donnell, “In doing this we hope to create a linkage where undocumented students can go and feel safe under the care of faculty and community members if them or their family has been affected by new immigration regulations.”
This resolution is the start to the acknowledgement of undocumented/minority students on CSUMB campus, containing plans for growth and community expansion throughout future semesters to come.