Continued support of our undocumented community

September 27, 2018

Dear campus community,

Every member of the UC Berkeley community is a valuable contributor to the university, regardless of immigration status. We remain steadfast in welcoming, supporting, and building community with our undocumented students and staff.

With the passage of Assembly Bill 21 (2017), I will be notifying you each semester of several policies and procedures in place with regard to possible immigration enforcement on campus. AB 21 requires the California State University, requires the California Community Colleges, and requests the UC to establish various policies and procedures on our campuses to foster an environment that is safe and welcoming for all members of our community, regardless of immigration status. It is important to note that federal immigration agencies can and do enter campus for non-enforcement activities, which can include recruitment and activities related to normal immigration visa processing. When we have advance notice, the Undocumented Student Program staff will communicate with students of such occurrences so that our students are aware of their presence on campus. The procedures and information below relate only to immigration enforcement activities.

  1. Please notify Jenny Kwon, Associate Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chancellor, as soon as possible, if you are advised that an immigration officer is expected to enter, will enter, or has entered the campus to execute a federal immigration order (jennykwon@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7458).

  2. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff responding to or having contact with an immigration officer executing a federal immigration order should refer the entity or individual to campus counsel for purposes of verifying the legality of any warrant, court order, or subpoena (Chief Campus Counsel David Robinson, dmrobinson@berkeley.edu, 510-642-7791). Please also notify UCPD as soon as possible for support (510-642-3333).

  3. The Undocumented Student Program staff is available to support you and direct you to resources if you are or may be subject to an immigration order or inquiry on campus. Unless required to do so by law, Undocumented Student Program staff are prohibited from discussing your personal information, including immigration status, or revealing that personal information to anyone outside of the campus. Meng So or Liliana Iglesias can be reached at someng@berkeley.edu or liglesias@berkeley.edu or by calling 510-642-7224.

  4. For more information about your legal rights in an immigration enforcement situation, please consult counsel at the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center and this “Know Your Rights Card.”

For a fuller explanation of UC policies and procedures relating to undocumented members of our community, please see UC’s Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community and Frequently Asked Questions for University Employees about Possible Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions on University Property. For up-to-date information please visithttps://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/immigration.

We as a campus are committed to informing, updating and offering support for the campus community. Please make sure to avail yourself of community resources designed to support your success and inclusion. More information on these resources can be found at: https://undocu.berkeley.edu.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Christ
Chancellor
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