Resources for DACA Students
In light of the September 5 memo from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Long Beach City College has affirmed its commitment and continued support of its DACA students.
To help dispel myths and inform undocumented students about the financial resources still available to them, Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) have provided a Quick Guide for undocumented students with information about the Calfornia Dream Act, in-state-tuition, scholarships, and other financial resources.
What does today’s decision mean?
- DHS has rescinded DACA, however, the program will not end immediately. For now, students will be able to maintain the benefits of the DACA program. Permits will not expire for another six months and will remain active for up to 24 months. DHS does not intend to terminate an individual’s DACA status prior to its current stated expiration.
- The decision by DHS does not impact a student’s ability to attend LBCC, qualify for an exemption from nonresident tuition fees under AB 540 or to apply for financial aid under the provisions of the California Dream Act. AB 540 and the California Dream Act are state programs that are separate from DACA and the federal enforcement of immigration laws.
- An individual whose DACA status is set to expire between now and March 5, 2018, may still apply for a renewal of the DACA status, but the application for renewal must be accepted by DHS by Oct. 5, 2017.
How will LBCC support DACA students?
- LBCC is dedicated to our mission and purpose of education and serving ALL our students and will continue to nurture a campus that is safe, supportive and welcoming to everyone. You can read the California Community College Chancellor’s Office memo, LBCC Board of Trustees’ resolution, or Superintendent-President Reagan Romali’s support of DACA students.
- The Community College League of California has denounced the decision in a formal statement released September 5. In accordance with the California Community Colleges system, Long Beach Community College District will not release personally identifiable student information, including data related to immigration status, without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order, unless authorized by the student or required by law.
- LBCC will continue to support the California Trust Act, which does not allow minor infractions to trigger deportations. In the meantime, we are working at all levels of government to advocate for the rights and privacy of undocumented students to earn their education.
- Anyone feeling pressured to produce information or documentation of immigration status while on campus should contact Campus Police immediately.
- LBCC will offer crisis counseling, mental health services, Know Your Rights and legal workshops, and other resources to support its students. In addition, counseling services for faculty and staff will also be available under the Employee Assistance Plan.