We, the Worcester State University chapter of the Massachusetts State College Association, hereby assert our solidarity with our students, faculty colleagues, and WSU staff and administrative employees. This statement is occasioned by the US government’s adoption of ill-advised and possibly unconstitutional new policies restricting, and in some cases completely banning, immigration to the United States. We believe that policies such as these are generally harmful to democracy and, in particular for institutions of higher education and research.
Encouraging the open consideration of the widest possible variety of ideas is the only way for a university such as ours to perform its service to the public, and those ideas must come from people of various national, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. As our universities, have become more diverse in all of these ways, they have become stronger. Any action, local or national, that impedes this growth diminishes our ability to fulfill our fundamental purpose.
In addition to preventing this growth in diversity, the new immigration policies will likely have a chilling effect that will make all members of our academic community feel less safe in presenting, discussing, or researching ideas that might not meet with ‘official’ approval. Academic freedom is closely aligned with the freedom of speech protected by the US constitution and is crucial for the health of our country and its institutions of higher education. College and university classrooms and campuses are critical sites for informed, civil, and multi-partisan discussion.
Rather than excluding people and ideas, we at Worcester State University honor them. As scholars and educators, this is our core belief and our mission. We affirm our commitment to making our campus a safe and welcoming community for all its members, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, or sexual orientation. We also reaffirm our commitment to serving Worcester and its surrounding communities as they continue their long history of welcoming immigrants and refugees.
Massachusetts Court System Immigration FAQ's!
MIRA is the largest coalition in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees, advancing its mission through education and training, leadership development, institutional organizing, strategic communications, policy analysis and advocacy.
Being undocumented is NOT a crime - "Know your rights!" Online tutorials, videos, flyers, and pocket cards!
"DACA: Key Things to Know!" By the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
"The Student Immigrant Movement is a MA-based statewide immigrant youth-led organization. The Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) was founded in 2005 with the goal to train, engage, and mobilize young leaders across the state to advocate and fight for higher education rights for all immigrant students. We fight for the liberation of the undocumented community through the development of a network of immigrant youth organizers in high-density immigrant communities. We organize youth, ages 13-30, and provide political education, leadership training, protection, guidance, mentorship, and safe healing spaces.Our vision is that all immigrant students have equal access to higher education, are not discriminated based on their immigration status, collectively realize their full potential, define their own identity and become fully engaged in every aspect of society that affects their lives."
Define American is a non-profit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
What is DACA?
On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made a change in federal immigration policy regarding deportation enforcement for young immigrants that meet certain criteria, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This policy states that the federal government will “defer action” or not prosecute deportation cases for qualifying individuals for a period of two years from the time their application for “deferred action” is approved.
In-State Tuition for DACA Beneficiaries
If approved, DACA beneficiaries will receive work permits in addition to deferred action status. Under the Board of Higher Education's residency policy, work permits make individuals eligible for in-state tuition at the Commonwealth’s 29 public college and university campuses, provided that they meet all other requirements.
Massachusetts ranks 19th out of 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam for approved DACA cases!
Massachusetts is home to 12,058 DACA residents!