San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance M. Carroll provides this statement on today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on DACA and yesterday’s U.S. District Court ruling allowing CARES Act funding to be distributed to DACA, undocumented, and other students.
The SDCCD currently serves approximately 560 DACA students at San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges as well as San Diego Continuing Education.
“This week has been a seminal week of critical legal decisions affecting DACA and undocumented students, and we are celebrating these victories. First, the San Diego Community College District was one of the five plaintiffs that joined the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in successfully suing the U.S. Department of Education. The lawsuit challenged the USDOE and Secretary Betsy DeVos for placing restrictions on the federal stimulus CARES Act funding which excluded DACA, undocumented, and other students from grants to help them cope with the COVID-19 crisis.
“Second, the Supreme Court ruled that the Administration’s effort to end the DACA program was ‘arbitrary and capricious,’ thereby allowing the program to continue. Although there will no doubt be future challenges, it is heartening to see legal support for the rights of students.
“The San Diego Community College District, the Board of Trustees, the faculty and staff, and student leaders share the philosophy that all students are important and all students deserve the same support and protections as they pursue their educational goals. I am personally encouraged to see our philosophy of equity and inclusion prevail in these two decisions, and I am especially proud that our district played an active role in advocating for our DACA and undocumented students.”
As one of the largest of California’s 73 community college districts, the San Diego Community College District serves approximately 100,000 students annually through three two-year colleges and San Diego Continuing Education. The three colleges, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego Miramar College, offer associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and entry-level jobs.