The University of California Releases Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community

On 30 November 2016 the UC Office of the President released a statement which included a letter of principles in support of undocumented members of the UC Community. Information on various post-election positions and resources can be found here.

Additionally, the GSA, along with numerous departments, groups, and individuals in the UC Davis community have endorsed an open response to white supremacist flyers that were posted in various parts of the UC Davis campus. The letter preceded the above press release, and its full text is as follows:

An Open Letter to the UC Davis Community:

On the morning of Monday, November 14, white supremacist flyers were posted on several campus buildings, including the one that houses the departments in world languages and literatures, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Program in Human Rights. In addition to violating campus policies on acceptable public postings, the messages these fliers convey and the media they cite represent a direct assault on the values underlying our campus community.

We, the undersigned faculty, staff, and students of UC Davis, write to express our outrage at this affront to our shared principles and values. In response to these messages, we express our unwavering commitment to the free exchange of ideas, which requires respect and civility accorded to partners in dialogue.  As an educational institution, we are committed to critical engagement with all kinds of ideas.  We therefore support and promote analytical, critical, and thoughtful responses that enable all members of the university community to engage in evaluative judgments.  We believe that discourses that dehumanize or denigrate persons or communities imperil the working and learning conditions crucial for a public research university.

We are gratified that the administration has responded to the November 14 incident by providing a resource to our community for reporting acts of hate speech, intimidation, violence, and harassment. We now call on the administration to do more. UC Davis should immediately develop a protocol for making itself a sanctuary campus for undocumented students, staff, and family members who face imminent detention and deportation. We also ask the university to ensure that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students’ identities remain anonymous. Finally, we ask the university to refuse all voluntary information sharing with ICE (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) to the fullest extent possible under the law.

In a historic moment that has seen racism, xenophobia, misogyny, nativism, and other forms of violent disrespect on prominent display, we are compelled to stand ever more resolutely on the side of our common humanity and repudiate any and all efforts that work against it.

Furthermore, The University of North Carolina Graduate and Professional Student Federation has put forth a Resolution calling for similar measures in establishing Sanctuary Campuses throughout the UNC system, indicating the beginning of a national movement.