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I write to inform you that Berkeley leadership is actively engaged with the UC Office of the President to comprehend the implications of President Trump’s executive order (EO) on immigration and determine all options available to protect the well being of every member of our community..
Dear campus community, Today, on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, we pause to give thanks for all that we have. It is also a time to reflect on the needs of our friends, neighbors, and colleagues. As noted in messages to the campus following the election, we have particular concern for those members of our community who feel the loss of a sense of safety and security, including students who are concerned about their legal status and continued ability to take advantage of all that Berkeley, and our country, have to offer.
Post-Election Message from President Napolitano & the Chancellors of the University of California
In light of yesterday's election results, we know there is understandable consternation and uncertainty among members of the University of California community. The University of California is proud of being a diverse and welcoming place for students, faculty, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Diversity is central to our mission. We remain absolutely committed to supporting all members of our community and adhering to UC's Principles Against Intolerance.
Students in California who meet certain requirements have access to the same state aid available to California residents. This includes in-state tuition, Cal Grants, UC grants, State University Grants, community college fee waivers and scholarships administered by public colleges. To qualify, unauthorized-immigrant students generally must have spent at least three years at a California high school, but there are a few exceptions..
Along with advocating that the executive branch end the travel restrictions, UC has urged support for the legislative efforts of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren to rescind the order. The university is also working, amid a very fluid situation, to provide timely guidance to students, faculty and staff who could be directly affected by the travel ban.>Read more
Last week the University of California announced that it will not cooperate with federal immigration agents and that it welcomes students, quote, "without regard to their immigration status." It's a move that could put the university directly in conflict with the Trump administration.
For those who want to give Trump a chance, I say he must give us reason to give him a chance. It is not enough that someone comes into power through our democratic process and then gets to demand unquestioning support. Those in power have to work to earn our trust.
Leaders of California's three systems of public higher education sent a joint letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday urging him to allow students who are in the country illegally to continue their educations without fear of deportation.
The election results, in thrusting the undocumented community into uncertainty and fear, warrant a serious reaction. Trump's election is one symptom of a larger problem: decadeslong backlash to immigration that has deprived the undocumented community of basic resources and respect. But nothing changes the fact that even before the election, undocumented students routinely expressed a need for greater support.
It is of extreme importance that the conversation about Affirmative Action include a conversation about structural racism—both the effects of its historical legacy, and an acknowledgement that race is still a salient factor in the lives of American citizens, and that unequal access, treatment, and representation are still prevalent today. Affirmative Action is an example of a race-conscious strategy, intended to redress the effects of discrimination in our country.
In an interview with Time magazine announcing him as "Person of the Year," Trump didn't go into specifics but signaled that he could find a way to accommodate the Dreamers. "We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud," Trump told the magazine.