Publish Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:23:00 -0800

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The California Community Colleges has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting all students' pursuit of their higher education goals.

The California Community Colleges has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting all students' pursuit of their higher education goals.

In November 2016, the California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley joined University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano and California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White in asking President-elect Donald J. Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows children of undocumented immigrants to pursue higher education in the United States.

Combined, UC, CSU, and the California Community Colleges have tens of thousands of DACA students across the state. The official letter from all three systems represents a joint commitment to diversity, inclusiveness and the continued support of all students pursuing higher education.

Chancellor Oakley noted, “It is vital that these students, who were brought to this country as children, have the ability to learn without fear of being deported. The California Community Colleges stand with these students because they represent some of the best qualities our state and nation have to offer.”

Since its implementation in 2012, DACA has already benefitted 750,000 people nationally and continues to help students pursue their education goals – whether they be to earn a degree, certificate or pursue career technical education skills – at a collegiate level.