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Chancellor Laguerre’s Open Letter to Faculty and Staff Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

31 January 2017

PERALTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR

 JANUARY 30, 2017

Dear Faculty and Staff:

You undoubtedly have learned of the new Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump which targets our Muslim brothers and sisters from seven countries and took effect this weekend.

 Many Americans reacted over the weekend and denounced the President’s Executive Order.  Legal defense entities, including the American Civil Liberty Union, have come forward to challenge in the courts the detention of any unfairly targeted individuals.

 We are encouraging students who have student visas and those green card holders to not leave the country, unless it is absolutely necessary.  I encourage also faculty and staff who are green card holders to be careful as they make travel plans abroad. 

 Students who are traveling abroad should work with the District’s International Student Office and inform that Office of their plans.  Additionally, each College will be holding support sessions for faculty, staff, and students.

 The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, Dr. Eloy Oakley, has written: “…please inform my office if you become aware of any students, faculty or staff that have been detained or otherwise prevented from entering the United States. If you have information about such actions please have a single point of contact at your college, call the California Community Colleges Office …”  Here at PCCD, Chief of Staff, Dr. Yashica Crawford, will serve as the point of contact for faculty, staff and students who may have information that negatively affects our students or employees.

 Please let us know if you are going abroad, when you intend to return, and when you are safely back.

Unfortunately, it is hard to predict the President’s actions.  These are indeed times that “try our souls.” We must stand together to show the bright side of America. 

 Thank you!

 Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

Chancellor

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