Remove U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from CSUN April 5th Career Fair
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To President Harrison, the CSUN Career Center and the CSUN Campus Community,
We, as students of California State University of Northridge demand campus administrators to remove Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from the participants list for, the April 5th Federal job fair for students with disabilities, and, future events on campus.
On November 16th 2016, after the United States presidential elections, CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison emailed the CSUN Campus Community stating that “[CSUN] will continue to be known as a campus community that cares about and seeks to respect and protect the rights and dignity of its members”. She followed this statement by echoing a sentiment heard in Los Angeles post-elections marches: Let’s make it clear, immigrants are welcome here.
On Monday March 27th, CSUN President Harrison openly contradicted her statement of support by informing the Campus Community of the incoming presence of U.S. Custom and Border Protection recruiters on our campus on March 29th and April 5th .
CSUN has over 1,400 undocumented students and is one of the largest populations of undocumented students in California— possibly in the entire nation. The undocumented community is directly affected by the deportation and detention policies carried out by CBP. Furthermore, under the current administration, all of our marginalized communities are under attack. The administration’s platforms and efforts have intensified the already high levels of anxiety on our campus, within our communities, and our families. As students, the administration’s indifference towards CBP’s presence on our campus is a direct act of opposition to our concerns and circumstances. In addition, CSUN is comprised of students who belong to mixed-status families, families who may have experienced family separation and detention. U.S. Customs and Border Protections detains and deports people across the country and separates families and now, they’ve been invited to recruit at CSUN
We demand that the CSUN administration recognize and be held accountable for the impact CBP’s presence has on CSUN students. Border Patrol’s presence at the CSUN Career Fair impacts the emotional and physical well being of CSUN students, it creates yet another palpable barrier for undocumented students seeking career opportunities, and it threatens the safety and education of all students impacted by immigration related issues.
Please sign this petition to show solidarity towards the CSUN Campus Community to demand that President Harrison and the CSUN Career Center remove CBP from the April 5th Career Fair and be held accountable for the impact of their presence in our campus.
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