Protection of Educational Access for Undocumented Aliens

AS-2158-93/AA - May 6-7,1993

ATTACHMENT TO AS-2158-93/AA

WHEREAS, There is proposed legislation aimed at persecuting one of the most fragile populations, undocumented schoolchildren, rather than at investing in the future of the state's own best interests by providing for their education; and

WHEREAS, While parents may take several years to have their case processed through an often bewildering set of hearings and bureaucratic procedures, dependent children would be marginalized and their eventual inclusion in the educational system would be accompanied by the unwarranted personal and social cost of their being out of step with other categories of students their own age; and

WHEREAS, The United States has historically welcomed people from around the world who suffer persecution for their political beliefs, for their personal dreams, and for their intellectual nonconformism; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1982 (Plyer v. Doe) that such laws are unconstitutional and not in the public interest, declaring that by "denying [undocumented children] a basic education, we deny them the ability to live within the structure of our civic institutions, and foreclose any realistic possibility that they will contribute in even the smallest way to the progress of the nation;" and

WHEREAS, It is inappropriate for administrators and instructors in institutions at any level to be de facto agents of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a role that would be forced upon them by some of the currently proposed legislation; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Academic Senate of the California State University oppose any legislation that would deny education to undocumented aliens solely on the basis of their undocumented status and without reference to the length of time that such persons have spent in California or to their intentions to remain in the state; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Academic Senate CSU urge the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to oppose any legislation that would deny educational access at all levels to undocumented aliens solely on the basis of their undocumented status and without reference to the length of time that such persons have spent in California or to their intentions to remain in the state; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Academic Senate CSU urge the State Legislature to refrain from adopting any legislation that would deny educational access to undocumented aliens solely on the basis of their undocumented status and without reference to the length of time that such persons have spent in California or to their intentions to remain in the state.

APPROVED - May 7, 1993



 
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