The media is reporting that US Immigration Officials are preparing a major immigration sweep in San Francisco and northern California cities. This can potentially affect our students and their families and is creating fear and anxiety. Santa Rosa Junior College currently serves over 1,500 undocumented students. Thanks to our board and college community, SRJC is a safe haven district. This means that we as an institution are committed to serving, protecting, and making sure that all students, regardless of immigration status, feel welcome at SRJC.
California is now a sanctuary state, based on the newly passed Senate Bill 54. This means that California law enforcement professionals (police, sheriffs, etc.) are not allowed to ask about immigration status or help federal officials with routine immigration raids. They are only allowed to work with federal immigration when certain crimes are involved. SRJC District Police have reviewed the bill and will follow the statute accordingly.
Per the Safe Haven Resolution passed by SRJC’s Board of Trustees, if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other agencies or individuals ask to visit an SRJC campus or facility, to obtain student records, or to refer students to answer questions about their immigration status, faculty and staff should refer that request to the President/Superintendent or designee.
If you have any questions about any law enforcement activity on District property including activity related to immigration, please contact District Police at (707) 527-1000.I will keep you apprised of any major changes and announcements. Please be reassured our SRJC students are valued and welcomed on our campus!