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Immigration Legal Services Now Available for CSU Community

In a welcome development, the CSU Chancellor’s Office announced last week its plan to provide immigration legal services to students and employees at all 23 of its campuses. Funding to support these services was first authorized in the 2018-19 state budget act but the impetus for this plan traces back to legislation that CFA sponsored in 2017. AB 21 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra created protections for undocumented students, faculty, and staff in the CSU system, as well as the state’s community colleges and also addresses their access to financial aid, legal representation, and constitutional right to due process. Following a focused legislative advocacy campaign by CFA, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law, paving the way for these legal services to become a reality.

“It’s about time CSU took this important next step in ensuring undocumented students, faculty and staff are provided the services they need to ensure their safety,” said CFA President Charles Toombs. “Our members worked tirelessly to lay the groundwork for these services via AB 21 and we are proud to see our efforts come to fruition. We live in deeply troubling times, when too many people are unjustly being targeted, for a number of different reasons, and this is a trend that cannot continue.”

According to the CSU announcement, the organizations below have been contracted with CSU to provide legal services:

  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA): Chico State, Humboldt State, Sacramento State and Sonoma State
  • Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD): Cal State East Bay, San Francisco State, San José State, CSU Monterey Bay, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Bakersfield, Fresno State and Stanislaus State
  • CARECEN: CSU Channel Islands, CSUN, Cal State LA, CSU Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona
  • Jewish Family Service: CSU San Marcos and San Diego State

CFA Resources for All Faculty

CSU faculty across the system and disciplines may feel they are under attack and unjustly scrutinized by emboldened political groups. Our students are under attack too, and we stand with them as we seek to make the CSU inclusive and accessible for all.

CFA aggressively defends the rights of all faculty, as guaranteed by our contract and laws connected to the freedoms of speech and expression.

Since we have witnessed a number of instances in which CSU administrators (perhaps seeking to avoid perceived negative media coverage) have not been as supportive of faculty and students as they should be, we have compiled helpful resources to empower each CFA member to “Be a Smart Resister!”. This webpage offers some great reminders for the start of the term and “Know Your Rights” cards that you can download. Please take a moment to review that page and share it with colleagues and students.

Of course, for additional assistance or more information, we encourage members to contact their local CFA Chapter.

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