CFA-sponsored law aiding undocumented students, DACA recipients, CSU employees signed

CFA is committed to Anti-Racism and Social Justice work. Our legislative effort to protect the undocumented in the CSU—signed into law last week by Gov. Jerry Brown—is the latest way we’ve put our dedication to fighting racism and exclusion into action.

Gov. Brown signed Assembly Bill 21 on Thursday. The announcement of its passage came just after faculty, students, and the bill’s author, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, gathered for a news conference at San José State to promote the legislation and encourage the governor to support it.

AB 21 enacts protections for DACA recipients and undocumented students, faculty, and staff in the CSU system and the state’s community colleges.  The law protects access to financial aid, mandates legal representation, and underscores the constitutional right to due process. The law makes the same request of the University of California system.

“These are safeguards that will help return a sense of security and peace to our campuses, which in recent months have been riddled with fear due to the current federal anti-immigration agenda,” CFA President Jennifer Eagan said in a statement on behalf of CFA. “Our sincere thanks goes to Assemblymember Kalra for carrying this bill and working so hard on behalf of all Californians, and to Gov. Brown for recognizing the need for these protections for those who not only belong, but are integral, to our state.”

Kalra said of the bill: “AB 21 defends the tradition and legacy of California’s colleges and universities as beacons of free thought that challenge students in a peaceful and safe environment—where all students, regardless of their immigration status, may continue to take advantage of the education to which they are entitled…”

The legislation was inspired by a resolution passed by delegates to CFA’s 85th Assembly in March 2017.

In recent years, CFA has deepened our commitment to Anti-Racism and Social Justice, and as one of our principles states, we intentionally center Anti-Racism as part of our mission.