Dear Campus Community,
Today the University of California will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue that the Trump administration acted unlawfully when it decided to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
We want each member of our community to know that regardless of immigration status, you are an essential part of this university, and we will continue to be unequivocal in our support of you and work towards providing a safe and supportive environment for you.
It is important to note that although the opening arguments are taking place this month, a decision will not be reached until sometime between February and June 2020. In the meantime, we know that many people have questions about the case and the status of DACA. In this FAQ, you can find answers to questions on this case - Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California - immigration status and process, UC Berkeley’s support for undocumented students, academic and employment status, where to find counseling services and community spaces on campus, and more. Next Monday, Nov. 18, Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will give a lecture titled, “Defending DACA.” Dean Chemerinsky was on the litigation team that won the injunction in one of the cases that led to today’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
We encourage everyone, students, staff, faculty, alumni, and allies, to speak up and show support for our undocumented students and staff. UCOP has launched a new website with information on how you can get involved including, join the UC Advocacy Campaign Pledge Campaign, access digital toolkits, and take part in the social media movement with the UC “Chalkboard” Campaign. As new information becomes available, we will update our websites, FAQs, and social media channels.
These are truly unprecedented times that should motivate us all to take collective action. We are open to feedback and guidance on the best ways to move this forward with compassion and growth. We invite you to join us in this effort to ensure humanity and justice are upheld for all.
Carol Christ, Chancellor
Oscar Dubón, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion
Stephen C. Sutton, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs