December 9, 2020
To the Campus Community,
After months of uncertainty and threats to thousands of our students, I am pleased to share that on December 4, a New York federal judge ordered the current administration to restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to its original 2012 guidelines. This means U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must comply with the following:
- Accept initial applications for DACA eligible applicants.
- Accept applications to travel internationally for educational and other grounds through Advanced Parole.
- Restore existing work permits to two-years rather than just one.
This is a monumental win for undocumented individuals who will now have some form of relief from deportations and work authorization. However, the fight is far from over. DACA is still under litigation and under attack.
To stay informed on the continuous changes, I encourage affected members of our campus community to stay connected to CSUN’s DREAM Center and schedule an appointment to meet with our legal partners through the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). Meeting with CARECEN will give you an opportunity to seek consultation and possibly find another form of relief. I also encourage you to attend the DACA Legal Updates Presentation hosted by CARECEN, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, to understand the current decision and its implications for undocumented individuals.
CSUN remains committed to educating, supporting and protecting all students regardless of immigration status. We stand in solidarity with DACA-protected students and all other undocumented students. As members of the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, I continue to urge the next Congress to pass legislation immediately to protect undocumented students
With this very positive news, I wish every member of the campus community a successful end to the fall semester.
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.