For many in the APC community, waking up to today’s Supreme Court’s decision on DACA was a huge victory. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program will continue! This is a time of celebration for many of our employees who are themselves DACA recipients and others who work directly with our DACA students. We should acknowledge their hard work and dedication in providing them with access to quality higher education.
This is also a victory that has been hard fought by our members, stewards, and officers (past and present) over the years that resulted in DREAM Centers on many of our campuses, providing essential services to DACA recipients. This news does not diminish or overshadow what we are witnessing in the national BlackLivesMatter movement but reminds us there are students and staff that are both in the BLM movement, are undocumented and are vulnerable because of their DACA status.
There are an estimated 9,500 undocumented students at California State University’s 23 campuses, and perhaps half of those have DACA status. California State University Chancellor Timothy White called the decision “a truly outstanding and welcome outcome,” writing, “Some of the CSU’s brightest students and most dedicated employees are Dreamers and they are found on each of our 23 campuses.”
We continue to salute the efforts of those who made this social victory possible and commend our students and fellow Unit 4 employees who have rallied behind this historical victory!
APC Executive Board