News Release

Gov. Brown signs CFA-sponsored bill protecting undocumented Cal State Univ. students, faculty, staff into law

Faculty Commends Governor and Legislature for Standing Up for CSU’s Undocumented  Community

SACRAMENTO—Gov. Jerry Brown today signed AB 21, a CFA-sponsored bill that will enact protections for undocumented students, faculty, and staff in the CSU system, as well as the state’s community colleges, including access to financial aid, legal representation, and their constitutional right to due process.

News broke today after faculty, students, and the bill’s author, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, gathered at San José State to rally in support of undocumented members of the campus community and DACA recipients.

CFA President Jennifer Eagan said of the bill’s success:

“We are thrilled that this bill, which will help protect our most vulnerable students and colleagues, was signed into law.  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.

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.”

Faculty, students, and community allies had held rallies in support of the bill in recent months, as well as sent hundreds of emails to Gov. Brown. It also was a focal point of conversations CFA activists and students had with lawmakers this spring.

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

BACKGROUND: AB 21, authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra, will ensure students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status have access to financial aid, legal representation, and their constitutional right to due process. The bill was supported by the University of California, California State University, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, among others.

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Contact: Lisa Cohen ‪310-395-2544, Alice Sunshine ‪510-384-1967, Niesha Fritz ‪916-606-6632