September 25, 2017
On Tuesday September 5th Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). On behalf of the Trump administration, Sessions evoked white supremacist rhetoric and legal falsehoods that both further demonized the undocumented and immigrant communities and put at risk nearly 800,000 DACA recipients and their families.
UAW 2865 condemns this executive action as an attack on students, workers, and a further escalation of state violence against all 11 million undocumented peoples in the U.S. The Trump administration’s actions are indicative of continual anti-immigrant and xenophobic policies as indicated by their call for a border wall, the previous executive orders “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvement,” “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” and the “Muslim Ban,” and finally the continual expansion of Obama-era deportations.
As a union that represents 16,000 student-workers across the UC system, including many DACA recipients, we applaud the UC Office of the President’s (UCOP) recent statement in support of DACA students and their federal legal suit. However we call upon UCOP and the UC administration to expand their support for all undocumented peoples at the federal, state, and campus levels. We specifically demand the following:
- UC Call on Congress to pass legislation which restores and expands DACA, decriminalizes all undocumented peoples, and immediately suspends ICE detention and deportations.
- UC Call on California Governor Jerry Brown to pass a strong version of SB54 (The California Values Act) making California a sanctuary state.
- Guarantee that UC will honor all TA, Tutor, Reader, GSR, GSI, and all other work-appointments and funding packages to DACA and non-DACA recipients regardless of work permit renewal status.
- UC Expand and immediately implement across all campuses, pedagogical and funding opportunities as proposed by UAW 2865’s Instructional Opportunities Committee.
- Each UC campus provide matching dollars for the UCOP funded scholarships for all undocumented students and increase the staff of each campus’ undocumented student services office by also including graduate student support.
- UC create a fund to cover the costs of all renewal applications of all DACA recipients affiliated with UC.
- Ensure that the UCOP advisory committee on undocumented students is led by undocumented UC students and workers themselves.
- Implement any and all demands of the UC Undocumented Student Coalition.
- Immediately terminate all UC contracts and formal cooperation with ICE, DHS, and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
- UC demilitarizing the police and ensure campus police does not collaborate with ICE to release any personal information.
- UC Allocate physical spaces on campus with professional staff based on undocumented student recommendations (on-campus attorney, mental health professionals, academic and financial counselors).
- UC Develop employment and paid internship opportunities for professional development regardless of immigration status and work authorization (re: UC Davis’ Mentorship).
As both students and front-line instructors across UC’s nine teaching campuses, UAW 2865 wants all undocumented members of the UC community and beyond to know that we stand in solidarity with you as fellow workers, instructors, colleagues, and family. We are steadfastly ready to support and collaborate with on the ground work led by undocumented students and communities in the struggle for immigrant and worker rights and justice.
UAW Local 2865
Downloadable PDF: DACA Support Letter 2865