June 18, 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling that continues Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):
“Today’s Supreme Court decision offers hope for some of California’s best and brightest students who were brought to this country as children and who contribute to the fabric of our communities and our economy. We will continue to fight for undocumented students and call on Congress to pass permanent protections for these students. In the midst of a global pandemic, it is more important than ever that we as educators provide students with the tools they need to help protect our public health and our economic security. Approximately 29,000 DACA recipients are currently working in healthcare throughout the country fighting against COVID-19. We will continue to advocate for and support all of our estimated 70,000 undocumented students and make California community colleges safe and welcoming places of learning.”
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 115 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; degree and certificate pathways; and basic skills education in English and math. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the Vision for Success, a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps. For more information, please visit the California Community Colleges website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.