Governor Brown Signs Legislation That Will Grant Diplomas to Deported High School Seniors
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill Will Apply to All Students in Good Standing Whose Education Was Interrupted Against Their Will
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, September 26, 2018) – A proposal authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to retroactively grant diplomas to deported high school seniors was signed by Governor Brown today.
"These are kids who are being ripped out of school against their will and then sent to countries where they have to restart their lives," Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. "We can't stop the federal government from enforcing asinine immigration policies but we can make the transition easier for California students who get deported their senior year."
The new law is particularly important given the Trump administration’s assault on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. There are more than 200,000 Dreamers in California. Many high school students who are registered as Dreamers may soon find themselves subject to deportation, given the uncertainty many students face due to the temporary blocks by federal judges to Trump’s efforts to end the DACA program. AB 3022 will apply not just to Dreamers but to all students in good standing who are deported.
This law is not without precedent. California pupils who were interned in concentration camps during World War II qualified for high school diplomas. Additionally, a number of states, including California, passed laws enabling military veterans to receive their high school diplomas if they were drafted or otherwise served in the Vietnam War or previous military conflicts. AB 3022 passed the State Assembly with a 75-1 vote and the Senate by a 35-1 vote.
For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Mary Latibashvili at (415) 902-3421.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/