In a letter to the campus community today, Superintendent-President Rajen Vurdien shared a number of campus resources intended to help students seeking support as the Trump Administration announced the cessation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
In his letter, Dr. Vurdien cited a statistic showing that more than 1,100 DACA students enrolled at PCC in Fall 2016. He wrote that the college remains "steadfastly committed" to supporting its students who are impacted by the policy change.
The full letter is below.
"To the students, faculty, and staff of Pasadena City College:
"In a decision that has brought great concern to all corners of our community, the Trump Administration today has announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program has helped more than 800,000 undocumented individuals around the country — and more than 1,100 here at PCC — find work, start families, and gain an education. Its cessation is a terrible blow to these young people's dreams to build a brighter future for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.
"In resolutions passed last year, our Associated Students, Academic Senate, and Board of Trustees confirmed their support for PCC’s undocumented students and the safety and security of our learning environment. Please be assured that today’s announcement has not changed our dedication to these resolutions. Our college remains steadfastly committed to the health and welfare of all our students, and we will defend to the full extent of the law everyone who studies at PCC.
"Today’s announcement is sure to lead to confusion among those directly impacted as well as those wishing to advocate for them. The following campus resources are available to lend assistance in understanding the immediate impacts to our campus community:
"My colleagues and I will share additional information regarding this policy change as it becomes available.
"It is natural to experience uncertainty and fear during a time of transition. Please know that PCC stands with our students and our mission of providing a high-quality education to anyone that enters our doors. Our community shares strong bonds, and we will come together in solidarity to defend all members of our PCC family.
"Sincerely, Rajen Vurdien, Ph.D."