Dear Campus Community:
The Trump administration announced today its plans to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which provides work permits and protection from deportation for individuals brought into the U.S. as children. I am deeply disappointed in this decision and reaffirm UCR’s commitment to protect the rights and interests of those who are impacted. I join with UC President Janet Napolitano in calling on the U.S. Congress to quickly pass legislation that will protect these young people and provide a path to citizenship.
When DACA was first initiated in 2012, it gave hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth across the U.S. hope that they would be able to live without fear in the country that they call home. The near-sighted decision to end DACA lacks compassion and will no doubt disrupt the lives of millions across the country. On behalf of the entire UCR community, I stand firmly with all those affected by this development.
I want to remind everyone that resources are available to members of the UCR community affected by this decision, including legal and financial support. Links and contact numbers for relevant resources are listed below. Additionally, our counseling services are being expanded and Student Affairs will be coordinating informational meetings (details are forthcoming).
The University of California welcomes and supports all students, staff, and faculty, without regard to their immigration status. We will continue to adhere to the UC Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community, as we strive to maintain an environment where all individuals can learn, thrive, and feel safe.
Kim A. Wilcox
UCR Undocumented Student Programs (951-827-3808)
Counseling and Psychological Resources, available 24 hours a day (951-827-5531)
Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (951-781-0510)
UC Immigrant Legal Services Center (530-752-7996)
UCR International Students and Scholars Office (951-827-4113)
UCR Office of Campus Counsel (951-827-5077)