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Grand Opening of AB 540 and Undocumented Students Center

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Oct 22, 2014

AB450 Center Grand Opening

It was a celebratory atmosphere late yesterday as UC Davis held a ceremony and reception for the opening of the new AB 540 and Undocumented Students Center on campus.  The Center will provide a full array of academic support and other services to undocumented students.  We are proud that the law school's Immigration Law Clinic  is participating in this new campus initiative and has a King Hall alum (Marcus Tang '14) serving as a legal fellow and providing free and confidential legal assistance to undocumented students.  Marcus was at the celebration along with Professor Cruz Reynoso. Professors Leticia Saucedo and Amagda Perez, who have been instrumental in the Clinic's participation, attended the reception.  

I was invited to make remarks at the event and said, "The law school, housed in Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall, is committed to this work because of its commitment to justice for all and promoting public service as a critical component of the legal education it offers its students.  The Clinic once was an asylum clinic when civil wars raged in Central America in the 1980s.  It has adapted to meet the evolving needs of the immigrant community. When President Obama first announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Clinic quickly began to collaborate with organizations to provide free legal assistance to potential DACA recipients.  This collaboration between the law school and Center is the first of its kind, and will enable the Center to offer legal services as part of a comprehensive approach to supporting the immigrant students at UC Davis.  We look forward to working with the AB 540 and Undocumented Students Center and serving our students."

Many campus leaders and friends of King Hall were in attendance, including Ambassador Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez of the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento, who tweeted about the event: "Happy day: inaugural ceremony of @UCD540undoc center. Congrats @UCDavisDACA, @UCDavisLaw, @ucdavis 4 embracing dreamers."