January 17, 2018
To the Campus Community:
As we look to the start of this spring term, I want to return our attention to the special concerns of our students who are undocumented, especially those who have or have had Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. As recently reported in the news, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) this past weekend began again accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action for individuals previously granted deferred action under DACA, after a federal court temporarily halted the Department of Homeland Security from moving forward to terminate the program.
As such, eligible students, staff and faculty should submit their applications as soon as possible while this opportunity remains available. More information from the California State University (CSU) about the renewal process may be found at https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/DACA-Update.aspx.
Additional information may also be found at the following resources:
The EOP DREAM Center also continues to provide space and support for students, faculty, and staff who have been directly or indirectly affected by this issue. My thanks to the Center for its efforts to support members of the campus community and monitor this fluid situation.
CSUN and the CSU continue to oppose the termination of DACA and supports the California Attorney General's lawsuit challenging this action due to the harm it would cause to the university community. We are hopeful a positive resolution to this issue can be reached soon by federal legislation. In the meantime, CSUN will continue to monitor the situation and keep the campus community apprised as developments arise.
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.