The new and changing federal policies on DACA, immigrant rights and safety and travel affect many of us across Partnership Scholars. Partnership Scholars Program affirms our support for all the scholars, alumni and families in the PSP community, including those who are here without documentation and who are part of DACA. We will continue to do all that we can to support our alumni, scholars and their families as they pursue their college dreams.

Here are some new resources that we hope will begin to answer the questions and address the fears some of you are experiencing in response to the Administration’s changing immigration policies.

DACA – DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS    

  1. Top 5 Things to Know About Trump’s Announcement to End DACA, National Immigration Law Center
    Here are the top five things you need to know.
  1. California State University –  Resources for Undocumented Students
    The California State University system offers an array of online sources of information for students. It also provides a comprehensive list of legal support services free of charge for students and their families. The CSU also has a partnership with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) which supports a network of nonprofit organizations to provide legal services to immigrants in California. You can find the comprehensive list of organizations here.
  1. University of California –  Resources for Undocumented Students
    The University of California has created a web page directing students to system wide and campus-based resources. Free immigration legal counsel is available on several campuses. Click here for more information.
  1. California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office – Resources for Undocumented 
    CCCCO has put together a list of general resources for undocumented students. We are hoping to have greater details on what is available at each campus in our region. In the meantime, click here for the resource page.
  1. Protecting Undocumented and Vulnerable Students,
    Stanford Law School and the California Charter Schools Association
    This guide outlines the legal obligations to provide education to undocumented students. It also outlines the actions schools can take to protect the educational rights of undocumented children. Data privacy protections and what schools can do if a caretaker is detained are among the areas covered. Click here to access the report.
  1. Resources for Educators to Protect Undocumented Students, California Equity Leadership Alliance (CELA)
    The California Equity Leadership Alliance, which includes Education Trust-West, the California State PTA,  and the California School Boards Assn., has produced a toolkit of fact sheets, policy briefs, sample resolutions, tips for talking with students, and classroom resources.  Click here for the toolkit.
  1. California State University Resources for Undocumented Students
    The California State University system offers an array of online sources of information for students. It also provides a comprehensive list of legal support services free of charge for students and their families. The CSU also has a partnership with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) which supports a network of nonprofit organizations to provide legal services to immigrants in California. You can find the comprehensive list of organizations here. Also, click here for an FAQ document for CSU Employees about Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions on University property.
  1. University of California Resources for Undocumented Students
    The University of California has created a web page directing students to system wide and campus-based resources. Free immigration legal counsel is available on several campuses. Click here for more information.
  1. California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Resources for Undocumented Students
    CCCCO has put together a list of general resources for undocumented students. We are hoping to have greater details on what is available at each campus in our region. In the meantime, click here for the resource page.  
  1. NALEO Hotline and Resources to Increase Citizenship Among Eligible U.S. Permanent Residents 
    Click here for information. The hotline number is 888.839.8682.

THREE TOOLS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE UNDOCUMENTED PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

       1.Create An Emergency PlanThis print-friendly guide from the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation helps families plan to protect their children from the trauma of a possible separation. You can use this brochure to create a plan for your family.

2.Know your rights: “If you are stopped by immigration or the police…” The National Immigration Law Center provides a comprehensive list of every person’s basic rights in multiple languages, including a small know-your-rights card to print carry in your wallets. Please refer to this list of resources for legal help for immigrants in California from Immigration Law Help.

3.TheDream.US’ resource library:  Here you will find a list of links, toolkits, guides, references and other information pertinent to DREAMers. This includes an extensive scholarship section.

LEGAL HELP FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

1.CARACEN Legal Services:  213-385-7800, http://www.carecen-la.org/legal_services

      2. Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project: 213-251-3505, https://www.esperanza-la.org/direct-representation-program

      3. Immigrant Defenders Law Center: 213-634-0999, https://www.immdef.org/our-work

      4. CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of L.A.): 213-353-1333, http://www.chirla.org/legal-immigration-services

      5. Asian Americans Advancing Justice provides free immigration eligibility screenings: 888.349.9695 (https://advancingjustice-la.org/what-we-do/direct-services/immigration)

      6. Catholic Charities – multiple locations, so go here to find the one closest to you: https://catholiccharitiesla.org/what-we-do/assist-immigrants-and-refugees-2/immigration-services/