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Press Release DACA

CSU Statement on Passage of American Dream and Promise Act of 2021


California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro released the following statement on HR 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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​​California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro released the following statement:

“The California State University applauds the passage of HR 6 as an important step toward what we hope will be a bipartisan solution for America's Dreamers, providing them with access to legal protections and the certainty that they may continue to positively contribute to our country and economy.

“Along with doubling the Pell Grant, providing our Dreamer students with a clear path to a bright and productive future by enabling them to receive federal student aid is the university's highest federal policy priority.

“Providing these students, including the approximately 10,000 CSU students who receive an AB 540 waiver, with a clear path for the future—to complete their educations, build their careers and carve out their legacies—is indeed a wise decision for California and our nation, and it is aligned with the university's core principles of inclusive excellence and empowering upward social mobility.

“We are thankful for the bold leadership of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles) and the additional California delegation members, who co-sponsored or supported the bill on the floor this week, to move this proposal forward."

On March 18, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives approved HR 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021. While the California State University does not track the number of undocumented students enrolled throughout the university, the CSU estimates that approximately 10,000 of the university's students who have applied for and received an AB 540 waiver are undocumented. California's AB 540 exempts certain students from paying nonresident tuition.

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