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CFA: Gov. Brown, please sign AB 21
Access to Higher Education for Every Student

September 20, 2017

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Governor
The State of California
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: AB 21 (Kalra) Access to Higher Education for Every Student—SPONSOR

Dear Governor Brown,

On behalf of The California Faculty Association (CFA), representing over 28,000 faculty, coaches, counselors and librarians of the California State University (CSU), we are the proud sponsor Assembly Bill 21 (Kalra), and we respectfully request you sign this bill into law.

California leaders, unlike their federal counter parts, have made a clear commitment to protect undocumented immigrants and in particular undocumented students. Many undocumented students were brought to this country, and to California, at a young age and only know this state as their home. Bills like AB 21 reflect the values of California -  if immigrants come to this country and work hard, they too can reach the American dream.

AB 21 would require the California State University, California Community Colleges, any private college or university and requests the University of California to do a number of things to protect students, faculty and staff including:

  • Refrain from disclosing personal information concerning students, faculty, and staff of, except under specified circumstances;
  • Ensure students have access to their financial aid, legal representation and their constitutional right to due process;
  • Establish clear policies for campuses should ICE enter or plan to enter campus;
  • Post on its Internet Web site, and provide via email quarterly to all students, faculty, and staff, and update as often as is necessary, a copy of a policy that will be developed, and guidance informing them of their rights under state and federal immigration laws and how to respond to a federal immigration action or order.

In order to ensure that all students, regardless of their immigration status, may continue to take advantage of the education to which they are entitled, free from intimidation or risk of a loss of access to resources and programs that other students enjoy, we believe AB 21 is needed.

AB 21 has no registered opposition, received bipartisan support, and reaffirms the principle that the attainment of education for the betterment of the individual and the community is paramount, regardless of one’s immigration status. For these reasons, we respectfully request you to sign AB 21 into law.

Sincerely,

Lillian Taiz
Political Action/Legislation Chair

cc: Lark Park, Senior Advisor to Governor Brown
Assemblymember Ash Kalra (author)

 

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