Bakersfield College

DREAMers and LUPE at BC

DACA Community Forum

On Thursday September 21, 2017, Bakersfield College held a community forum to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the future of Dreamers. The free public forum topics included:

  • Explanation of the DACA announcement on Sept. 5, 2017
  • Key dates and the critical timeline for implementation
  • Pending immigration legislation
  • Review of DACA students' rights
  • Next steps for DACA and AB 540 students
  • Student Financial Aid Options
  • Question & Answer session with panelists:
    • Win Eaton, Esq. – Immigration Attorney
    • H.A. Sala, Esq – Criminal Defense Attorney
    • Sarah Rich, Esq – Immigration & Criminal Defense Attorney
    • Vanessa Sanchez, Esq – Immigration Attorney

The DREAM Act is the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, a package of state laws that grants access to financial aid benefits to students brought into the United States when they were under the age of 16, who do not have proper visas/documentation, and who have attended school on a regular basis and met other in-state tuition & GPA requirements.

Statement from President, Sonya Christian

BC President, Sonya ChristianSeptember 5, 2017

Community colleges, a truly great American invention, is a part of what makes America the greatest country on earth.

We at Bakersfield College serve our community as it is, embrace diversity in all its forms, and believe that every person has a right to access quality higher education. We believe that education has a positive impact on individuals and builds economically vibrant and healthy communities. We at BC will continue to uphold our commitment to a quality higher education to all of the students we serve.

The announcement today from Washington DC in regards to the DACA program has had an impact on our campus.

We, at BC will continue to provide support to all of our students including the 800 undocumented students. Our classrooms, just like the communities we serve, are integrated with young adults having dreams for a bright future. To them I say, Bakersfield College is and always will be a place of hope, transformation, diversity, acceptance, and dreams.

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