Top CSU, UC, CCC leaders speak out for DACA students

CSU Chancellor Timothy White, UC President Janet Napolitano, and Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley released a joint letter to President-Elect Trump on Tuesday morning calling on him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.

DACA students, popularly known as “Dreamers,” in the words of California’s public higher education system leaders, “represent some of the best our nation has to offer.”

They noted that thousands of DACA students attend each of the three higher education segments.

“This message from our higher education leaders is an important first step in protecting our students,” said CFA President Jennifer Eagan.

She explained, “The ideal of the California Master Plan to provide broad and affordable access for all Californians to public higher education has been critical to our state’s success for more than 50 years. This country needs to expand the idea, not curtail it, not only because economic growth depends on an educated workforce but because basic fairness and social justice demand it.”