July 09, 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor issued the following statement on the California Attorney General’s seeking to turn back a recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement directive severely limiting the ability of international students to attend colleges:
“With this lawsuit, California is standing up for the nearly 22,000 international students who attend our community colleges and standing up for our right to continue teaching and learning in a safe and responsible way during the pandemic. We will not sacrifice the benefit of the diversity of experiences and perspectives that international students bring to our colleges, nor will we sacrifice the safety of any student, faculty or staff member at our 115 colleges. State and local officials are in the best position to determine reopening approaches based on public health conditions. Attorney General Becerra’s lawsuit seeks to quickly turn back this punitive federal directive.”
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