Immigration Bill SB 1070

To: ASU Community
From: Elizabeth D. Capaldi, Provost
Date: April 30, 2010

As part of our mission as a public research-intensive university in the State of Arizona, ASU engages with people and issues locally, nationally and internationally. We remain committed to building a multicultural community of students and scholars who take on local and global challenges and work together to create solutions.

As you know, SB 1070, passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed into law last week by Governor Jan Brewer, has raised concerns within our campus, community, and beyond, including among some of our global partners.  Yesterday, the legislature amended SB 1070 to address some of those concerns.

Arizona State University has reviewed SB 1070, as amended, in order to determine any potential impact the legislation might have on our international students, scholars, and their dependents.  We believe the law requires no change to ASU’s policies and we will be able to provide the same supportive environment to all our students, faculty and staff.

Concerns expressed by our students, faculty, and friends regarding the new immigration law are understandable, especially at this time when the full implications of the law and its implementation are not yet known.  Our students, scholars and faculty must be able to participate fully as members of our community in Arizona-- it is an essential part of the ASU experience. To that end, we will ensure that the new law not be misinterpreted or misapplied.