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Petitioning Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Chancellor Rufus Glasper

Ask Maricopa Community Colleges' Chancellor to Delay Implementation of Bad Policy

 

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.


 

 

Letter to
Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Chancellor Rufus Glasper
Arizona's largest community college system that you preside recently announced the implementation of policies that will greatly affect ALL LATINO, MINORITY STUDENTS and PERSONNEL at 10 Community Colleges in Maricopa. The legal department of the MCCCD is 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.

These are some of the situations already happening even without a clear written policy.

1.-Latino students have been told they may not be able to participate in trips to an upcoming leadership camp to Tucson "because they will be using State Funding not available for undocumented students.

2.-Money raised by students clubs will become "State funded money" and not to be use for scholarships for undocumented students. Yes, the type of money raised by cookie sales and student organized workshops!

3.-Personnel has been told to check into the immigration of status of students and REPORT to ICE, DHS their findings, THREATENING PERSONNEL WITH JAIL TIME if they do not comply.

3.-Personnel are holding funds for summer camps on MCCCD Campuses because they are ordered to probe into the immigration status of CHILDREN attending such camps. Other situations where "state funding is used" is being "analyzed on a case by case situation".

Not only does this mean ALL Latinos and people of color will have their immigration statuses OVER SCRUTINIZED- the MCCCD will actually lose money ! Around 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.

Chancellor, please support the delay. We need more time to have a full implementation strategy that includes training and a communication strategy to inform students and faculty.