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Marcela Hernandez
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AB540/DACA & Undocumented Students

Letter of Encouragement

From the LACCD Chancellor

"During this time of reflection and transition in leadership at our nation’s capital, we are reaffirming and upholding to you our values as public institutions of higher learning. These values include justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to ensure that all students have full access to our colleges, as well as providing you the support needed to succeed in your studies..." read entire letter

We understand that the recent election of President-Elect Donald Trump has created anxiety for many undocumented students and uncertainty about how and if rules will change. Below is information and links to resources we hope can assist you.

About the​ CALIFORNIA Dream Act...more info

The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students (aka "AB540 students") who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants.

About DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

What Is DACA? (source: UC Berkeley)

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants:

  1. protection from deportation 
  2. and a work permit.

The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.

PLEASE NOTE: DACA does not grant a path to permanent residency or citizenship. The DREAM Act, which would lead to permanent residency, has NOT passed. It is very likely the President-elect Trump will end this program when he takes office on January 20, 2017. As such, undocumented youth should not submit NEW initial DACA applications at this time, but wait to see whether the program will sunset, or whether the new Administration will continue it. We [UC Berkeley] do recommend that if you already have DACA and if your DACA is expiring within the next year, that you apply for renewal at this time."

(NOTE: the Immigrant Legal Resource Center makes this same recommendation)

Resources to Know

These organizations work in areas of interest for DACA students and may provide information and assistance: