Whereas, The number of undocumented students attending public institutions of higher education in California has risen since the passing of AB540 (Firebaugh, 2001), the California Dream Act of 2011, and the Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA);
Whereas, The UndocuScholars Project (http://www.undocuscholars.org/) study reports that students with access to organizations, centers, or campus resources report over 70% usage rate and stress the importance of having those services on their campus to alleviate their concerns about how to afford college, academic performance, and fear about who they can trust at their campus regarding their legal status because of the negative treatment they receive due to being undocumented;
Whereas, Many California institutions of higher education still do not offer specific student services, resource centers, or designated employees to support undocumented students and provide key information; and
Whereas, Assembly Member Patty Lopez has introduced AB 2009 (February 16, 2016) which will require California public colleges and universities to establish “Dream Resource Liaisons” at their campuses to provide support and resources to undocumented students;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support AB 2009 to increase the success of undocumented students at California public institutions of higher education.
Letters of support provided to the legislature.