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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: New Changes to DACA


 Dear CSUSM community members, 

As we continuously aim towards finding ways to support and uplift each other during these challenging times and strive for transparency and honesty with you all, it is with a heavy heart that we bring to your attention a recent update regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. 

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the proper steps were not taken by the current administration to rescind DACA. Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was not questioned with regards to their authority to rescind DACA, it was stated that they had left out many crucial details to back up the reasons for why they feel DACA should be rescinded and that these issues had to be addressed. 

As a result of that Supreme Court decision, and as many of us had expected, there was a response and an adjustment to the initial request to rescind DACA. 

On July 28, 2020, the DHS announced that they will take this time to continue to adjust and review their initial intent to rescind DACA in order to determine if the program will be completely terminated or not. In the meantime, the following updates and actions to the DACA Program will be enforced immediately:

  • Reject all initial requests for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents;
  • Reject new and pending requests for advanced parole absent exceptional circumstances; and,
  • Limit the period of renewed deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy after the issuance of this memorandum to one year.

We know that on the surface this announcement brings confusion, discouragement, and fearful feelings, however, as we have been shown time and time again, it is in the face of fear and discouragement that change takes place. We have always known that DACA was not a permanent solution, however, the program has created the foundation and inspiration to take action and push towards advocacy for the establishment of legislation that can offer a pathway to citizenship!

As we wait to hear the final decision on behalf of DHS with regards to the future of DACA, the Dreamer Resource Office wants to provide you with support and resources during these times of uncertainty. 


Here are some ways that you can help as a community member: 

  • Attend the DACA Webinar: What you need to know about DACA. Become informed on the recent DACA updates. Alliance SD will have two upcoming webinars to provide important information. Register for webinars, available in English (click here) and Spanish (click here).
  • Encourage the push towards the establishment of legislations that will offer a path towards citizenship. This can be done by advocating for acts such as the DREAM Act, Dream and Promise Act that all strive for a path towards citizenship. 
  • Send emails to your senators and representatives encouraging the support of legislation that creates a path towards citizenship and put an end to ICE and CBP. For more information on sending an email to your senator, click here
  • Register to vote! (Must be U.S. Citizen) If you have not yet registered to vote, you can do so by clicking here
  • If you have some spare time and want to encourage those who can vote to do so, you can join the Voter Engagement Project with the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UCSD. (10 hour weekly commitment required). For more information click here.

Here are the ways that you and your loved ones can receive help:

  • In collaboration with JFS, UURISE, and the DRO, free legal services are provided to students, staff, faculty, and loved ones. To receive more information on making an appointment for legal services, click here.
  • The DRO DREAMer Counselor is also available to help with academic and personal hardships. Book an appointment- by clicking here
  • “Immigrants Rising’s Mental Health Connector provides undocumented young people with psychological support, allowing you to access your strengths and resiliency in order to achieve your personal goals and healing.” Click here to learn more. 
  • CSUSM students can receive one on one counseling appointments or join a support group both currently free for summer and included in fall fees.

We as an office will continue to find ways to support and advocate for one another, therefore, if you have any questions, comments, concerns or want to learn more about the current update on DACA, feel free to reach out to us at dreamers@csusm.edu and we will be more than happy to answer any questions or redirect you to those who will be able to do so. We stand with you in hope that positive changes will come out of this situation. We are stronger together.

In unity, 

DREAMer Resource Office

Fina Espino, Gladys Guzman, Luis Alvarez, Maria Chiem, Nasdira Romero, Ruby Reyes

 


 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Supreme Court makes Decision on DACA

 

The CSUSM DREAMer Resource Office celebrates with our DACAmented and undocumented community today as the Supreme Court issued a positive decision that allows for the continuance of the DACA program. We recognize the uncertainty of the program over the last few years has weighed especially heavily on our DACAmented students and employees, other undocumented students, students from mixed-status families, and their allies. We want to express continued support of our students, faculty and staff. We see you, stand with you, and we are committed to ensuring your success at CSUSM.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an Obama-era program that protects eligible undocumented people from deportation and grants work authorization for two-year periods. Nearly 200,000 DACA recipients live in California alone. Some DACA recipients are CSUSM students and employees. In September 2017, the current administration sought to end the DACA program, which resulted in multiple lawsuits challenging the program’s termination. In November 2019, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments to determine whether the current administration provided adequate explanation for ending the DACA program. Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the DACA program should reset to its original mandate in 2012.
 
Resources
 
Please visit the DREAMer Resource Office for updated information and resources. Currently, direct immigration legal services are available free of charge to CSU students, employees and loved ones. Attorneys are available to assist with general consultations, DACA applications and renewals, and more. 
 
Counseling services are available for CSUSM students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 760-750-4915. Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  provides confidential counseling services to all CSUSM employees and their families. Please call their 24-hour support hotline at 800-367-7474.
 

SCOTUS DACA DECISION TOWN HALL

President Neufeldt, the DREAMer Resource Office, as well as university and community leaders provide a debrief of the decision and the possible impacts on the DACAmented and Undocumented community.

Our DREAMer Resource Office team is here to support you. Please reach out to us via email at dreamers@csusm.edu or DM us on Instagram at @csusmdreameroffice. We are available to meet with you virtually on Microsoft Teams and Zoom. 
 
Standing Together,
 
DREAMer Resource Office Team

Fina Espino, Gladys Guzman, Luis Alvarez, Maria Chiem, Nasdira Romero, Ruby Reyes 
 
#HomeIsHere
#HereToStay

#UndocuAlly

#OurDreamsUniteUs

The DREAMer Resource Office opened Fall 2017 and received the Undocumented People Rising in Solidarity and Empowerment (UPRISE) Grant in October 2018. Through the UPRISE grant we are available to provide a variety of services to undocumented and mixed status students and their loved ones. 


 COVID-19 UPDATE:

In response to the COVID-19 situation and to do our part in safeguarding the health of our students/faculty/staff and community, the DREAMer Resource office has transitioned to a virtual office effective 3/17/2020. We want to assure you that the DRO team is here to ensure that our services are widely available, especially during this time of change and uncertainty. If you require assistance please complete the service request form and one of our team members will reach out to you very soon.

You can also get in contact with us, via email at dreamers@csusm.edu, or by sending us a direct message to our Instagram at @csusmdreameroffice. We will be updating both the website and our Instagram regularly. Thank you for your patience. 

Resources for Students, Families and Community Members: 

Additional resources in response to COVID-19

How to Access Virtual Student Support Services

Student Resources and FAQs

 

Contact Us

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm  

Please Note: As of 3/17/2020 we are only available virtually

Location: Craven Hall 4100J

Telephone: (760) 750-4863

Email: dreamers@csusm.edu

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