Arizona's largest community college system recently announced the implementation of policies that will greatly affect 10 Community Colleges in Maricopa. They are attempting to implement 100% of the law doing only 10% of the preparation. There will be a huge economic impact and potentially discriminatory effects. We need more time to have a full implementation strategy that includes training and a communication strategy to inform students and faculty.
Moreover, the situation is also affecting all Latino and minority students at MCCCD. Latino students may not be able to attend an upcoming leadership in Tucson because they will be "using state funding" for transportation, and are worried that money they raise through club-sponsored bake sales and workshops will become "state-funded money" not to be used for scholarships. They also worry that college staffers will become ICE agents and summer camps will be unfunded.
Not only does this mean ALL Latinos and people of color will have their immigration statuses over-scrutinized, the MCCCD will actually lose money! The more than 8,000 people currently enrolled as "out-of-state" students will likely drop out. The system is throwing away money to restructure many programs and processes in order to implement a flawed and discriminatory policy.
Tell Chancellor Glasper to please DELAY the implementation of misguided policy.
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