CHIRLA was formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition-building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society.


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Cal Poly Pomona

Student Demand for Equality and Education (SDEE)

In 2001, the California State Legislature signed Assembly Bill 540 into law recognizing that “there are high school pupils who have attended elementary and secondary school in this state for most of their lives and who are likely to remain, but are precluded from obtaining an affordable college education because they are required to pay nonresident tuition rates.” Looking to defray educational costs and thereby finally offering a real chance at higher education to these students, most of whom were charged nonresident tuition fees due to their status as undocumented immigrants, the Legislature concluded that they should be exempted from out of state tuition fees. After all, these were California educated pupils. Since the passage of this bill, educational doors have now opened up to a group of students who formerly saw no way past a high school graduation. We, members of the Associated Student Body of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona have gathered for the purpose of forming an organization whose members shall offer support for those AB540 students to continue their education through college graduation. Additionally, through campus and community involvement, we will raise awareness of the bill and continue to support additional legislative support of undocumented students

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