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Los Rios Chancellor and President's Message

September 5th, 2017

 

Dear Los Rios Community,

 

On Tuesday, the United States Department of Justice announced the administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision has the potential to be incredibly harmful for our students, the state of California and indeed the entire nation.

 

Many of our students are understandably scared and worried about what this means for them and their families. We continue to stand with our students and remain committed to their safety and well-being (click here to read our Board resolution on this topic). DACA has afforded hundreds of students in the Los Rios colleges with the opportunity to pursue a college education and improve the lives of their families. Its elimination would cause serious and lasting damage.

 

In the announcement, the federal government indicated that they plan on “winding down” the program, saying that there will be no immediate change in status for those currently enrolled in DACA but that they will no longer accept new applications. They also announced that those whose permits expire by March 5, 2018 will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals, but it’s unclear what the long-term implications of this would be for applicants. The announcement by the Trump Administration also indicates a desire for Congress to address this issue, but it remains to be seen what, if anything, Congress will do.

 

We encourage all DACA students to stay informed on this issue and take advantage of the various resources available on campus and throughout our community. A list of some of those resources can be found on the Los Rios Website. Additional resources are also available from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (click here).  While we know these are uncertain and scary times, we encourage students to stay enrolled in classes and, for those who are working, maintain their employment. Students should not do anything to jeopardize their current status. DACA enrollees should not leave the country.

 

As we mentioned last week, we have formed a Rapid Response Team of appropriate leaders from around Los Rios to coordinate our district and colleges' response to the changes to DACA and all the potential impacts on students, both in the short and long term. We will also continue to advocate to state and national leaders – and anyone else who will listen – for the protection of DACA and for our students. Our General Counsel’s office has also created a resource for faculty and staff (click here) regarding what to do should Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents or other federal authorities come to one of our campuses.

 

Thank you all for your continued and tireless support of our students. We will continue to keep you updated as new information is available.

 

Brian King

Chancellor, Los Rios CCD

 

Ed Bush

President, Cosumnes River College

 

Thomas Greene

President, American River College

 

Michael Gutierrez

President, Sacramento City College

 

Whitney Yamamura

President, Folsom Lake College

 


 

Chancellor and President's Message

January 31, 2017

 

Dear Los Ríos Community,

Over the weekend the U.S. Presidential Administration issued an executive order that restricts the ability of students, faculty and staff from certain countries from being able to enter the United States. This action has caused significant concern at colleges and universities across the nation.

Given the uncertainty of the present state of affairs, the Los Rios Community College District and its colleges encourage people without U.S. citizenship to be very cautious when considering whether to leave the country. Please share this direction with students and colleagues.

The District, our colleges, and the State Chancellor’s Office are monitoring the situation and will offer additional information as we gather it. State Chancellor Eloy Oakley offered this statement on this topic, “As the California Community Colleges Board of Governors clearly stated, we support the ability of all students attending our colleges to attend without fear or intimidation. My office is monitoring the situation and will continue to work with the UC, CSU and the California Department of Justice.”

The Los Rios Board of Trustees has also approved a resolution in support of all of our students, committing to "take every possible measure to ensure the safety of all students, particularly those in targeted populations, so that they may successfully achieve their educational and career goals." (View the full resolution)

The State Chancellor’s Office does have some resources for undocumented students on this webpage: http://www.cccco.edu/ResourcesforUndocumentedStudents.aspx

If you know of any concerns or have questions, please contact your Dean, Manager, or Supervisor, so those concerns can be shared with your college’s Executive Team.

 

Thank you,

Brian King
Chancellor, Los Rios CCD

Ed Bush
President, Cosumnes River College

Thomas Greene
President, American River College

Kathleen Kirklin
Interim President, Folsom Lake College

Michael Poindexter
Interim President, Sacramento City College

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