The Office of International Education is meeting with many concerned students, faculty and staff, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. Some of their questions are difficult, and some of the answers remain unknown at this time. We want affected students to know the District will do all it can to help them navigate the uncertainty. We are mobilizing to help – through counseling, student assistance and student legal services through our Director of International Education, Sean Brooke.
Director Brooke met with students, faculty, staff and administrators at College of Alameda, Merritt College and Berkeley City College to discuss and answer questions pertaining to immigration and visa status issues. The students appeared to feel very supported and grateful we could provide these services to them.
We conducted an up-to-date overview of the situation to a crowded room at BCC, which included students, instructors, counselors and other staff. Director Brooke pointed out relevant parts of the Executive Order, the statutory authority invoked, duration of the ban, definitions, statements from the Department of Homeland Security, the likelihood of additional countries being added to the list and current legal challenges. More specifically, he discussed the Order’s affect on lawful permanent residents, non-immigrants and immigrants. Some students were willing to discuss their personal issues openly for those present. Other students chose to meet in private to confidentially discuss the facts of their situations and the legal and practical implications of the ban.
Below are links to updates on the Executive Order:
A Message on the Executive order from Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Dr. Luis Pedraja, and Director of International Education, Sean Brooke
Chancellor Laguerre’s Open Letter to Faculty and Staff Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration