Despite the predictable outcome from Trump, yesterday was actually uplifting. Here is a letter from Santa Fe Community College president.
Dear Community College Members,
I write today to urge our government leaders to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in place.
At Santa Fe Community College, Dreamers are more than students. Dreamers are our neighbors, our friends, our fellow churchgoers, our patrons, our family members and partners. But now, this dynamic and awe-inspiring segment of our population is facing renewed risk from the federal government and political leaders who fail to see diversity as an asset to be fostered and celebrated. According to news sources, the Trump administration has formally announced it will put an expiration date on DACA. Some 800,000 young undocumented immigrants are now at risk of losing government protection from being deported. Details of how this might play out are still emerging but during this period of uncertainty, it is vital that we come together to encourage our political representatives to keep DACA in place.
Here at SFCC, members of the Governing Board, the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee and the Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning have been actively involved in the success of our undocumented students. In December of 2016, the college approved a resolution affirming our commitment to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity and designating our institution a sanctuary campus. At SFCC, we will not deny admission because of one’s immigration status. In addition, it is the policy of SFCC and the State of New Mexico to extend certain tuition rates or state-funded financial aid regardless of immigration status. We have assigned specific administrative staff to assist, confidentially, our DACA students, and other students who lack the protections of citizenship. These are just a few actions taking place at the college to ensure the safety, confidentiality and success of our future graduates.
Today at noon, SFCC will be one of 20 sites across the state to hold New Mexico Dream Team’s “Walkout and Rally for Immigrant Justice.” I invite our students, employees and greater community to participate in the event, which will take place outside of the college’s main entryway.
Santa Fe Community College is devoted to helping students improve their lives through accessible and affordable education. Discrimination and inequality are anathema to this goal. Dreamers, we value and support you. You are part of what makes the college great. Santa Fe Community College stands with you.
To our representatives and government leaders, we ask that you reaffirm your commitment to a just and egalitarian country and leave DACA intact.
Randy W. Grissom
I attended the march/rally and was very heartened to see hundreds of people. It was particularly great to see Dreamers sanding up for themselves. As well as lots of other students and admin, and this retired faculty member: