A Message from the President: DACA

Posted: September 6, 2017

Dear APU Community,

Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, which affects 800,000 individuals. This decision places at risk undocumented students in higher education who came to the U.S. as children, attended high school, and have no criminal record, making them eligible for deportation once their DACA status expires. Their fate now lies with Congress and we intend to urge our elected officials to act swiftly to safeguard this vulnerable population. While these are uncertain times, APU reaffirms its support for every student in our community, regardless of immigration status or national origin, and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and nondiscrimination.

We will do everything possible to ensure that our students have access to the services and support necessary for them to thrive while at APU and graduate from their chosen degree programs. We have a variety of resources in place to assist our students and employees and we are examining other avenues to help as needed. Please see the following resources, support, and upcoming events:

If you are feeling anxious about policy changes ending DACA or immigration, please note that there are multiple offices on campus that are here to support you including: Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity (Undergraduate), Ext. 3720; Graduate and Professional Student Affairs, Ext. 4602; International Students and Scholars, Ext. 3055; University Counseling Center, Ext. 2109; Campus Pastors Office, Ext. 3855; and Campus Safety, Ext. 3898.

On Tuesday, September 19, the Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity will host a “Know Your Rights” workshop and a panel discussion regarding immigration, undocumented status, and DACA, on East Campus in Wilden 119, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. This workshop will focus on educating and equipping students with pertinent information and advocacy resources.

On September 21, a university task force will address additional resources and concerns for international and DACA students. Although we cannot provide legal advice to students, you may find answers to some of your questions through: the Immigration Resource Center of the San Gabriel Valley (legal counsel on a sliding scale); informedimmigrant.com, unidosus.org, LawHelpCA.org, or ImmigrationLawHelp.org.

If you are a student whose financial situation has been impacted by any changes to federal or state policies, please contact your financial aid advisor.

Please note APU’s policies and procedures. APU complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and does not disseminate non-directory education records that it maintains to law enforcement agencies, without student consent or as required by law or judicial process.

We know today’s decision causes fear and uncertainty for members of our community. We lift those in prayer and will continue to seek out resources that offer insight and information about options. We are also encouraged that Congress seems poised to help as members from both parties have expressed deep concern for DREAMers and we pray for a positive outcome through our legislative process.

Shalom,

Jon R. Wallace, DBA
President