Immigration Issues and Resources

 

#protectdreamers

President's Message


 

1/16/18

Dear University Community:

Although intense debate over the fate of DACA continues, I’m encouraged by the decision of a federal judge last week to issue a nationwide injunction that has reinstated the program. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is again accepting DACA renewal applications. I applaud this decision and I urge our DACA students to read about and understand
the injunction and act immediately if action is warranted.

The injunction allows those who need to submit applications to retain their residency status and work permit to do so. Those who may have missed the deadline, or those who have recently fallen out of residency status—or may soon—should submit applications. It is important to note that the administration may continue to prevent any DACA recipient who leaves the country from returning to the United States.

In support of our DACA students, the University will again provide assistance to those who are submitting renewal applications. We have made funds available to cover the fee associated with the application.

Applications are available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, in Student Affairs, Room 108. A photograph must be included with the renewal application. Students who need photographs may visit the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, in Administration 819. Photographs will be taken at no cost.

In recent days, the rhetoric surrounding DACA has grown heated and the situation is fluid. For now, renewal applications are being accepted. I urge students to make use of available resources and to share this information with others. Please visit our
Immigration Issues and Resources page for up-to-date information. I encourage DACA supporters to continue to press elected officials for legislation that allows our DACA students to remain a part of the Cal State LA community and to fulfill their dreams of obtaining a university degree. Cal State LA stands with DACA students.

Sincerely,

Bill


 

 

 

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Second federal judge blocks move to end DACA Photo Credit: Molly Adams

Second federal judge blocks move to end DACA

A second federal judge Tuesday has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled that DACA participants and states are likely to succeed in their challenge that the way President Donald Trump terminated the Obama-era program was arbitrary and capricious.

Trump last year announced his plan to end DACA, the policy that allowed undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children to stay in the country, effective March 5. That deadline has become central in the congressional debate over immigration, but Democrats and Republicans are nowhere near a breakthrough.

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who filed one of the federal lawsuits that led to the temporary injunction, said he was confident the courts will uphold the order. Photo Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

Trump administration will ask Supreme Court to allow it to end DACA

The Justice Department on Tuesday said it would take the “rare step” of asking the Supreme Court to overturn a judge’s ruling and clear the way for the Trump administration to dismantle a program that provides work permits to undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States since childhood.

The Trump administration said it has appealed the judge’s injunction — which said the Obama-era program must continue while a legal challenge to ending it is pending — to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who filed one of the federal lawsuits that led to the temporary injunction, said he was confident the courts will uphold the order.

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Activists rally on behalf of Dreamers on Jan. 10 outside the New York office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer Photo Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Government resumes accepting applications to renew DACA

Federal immigration authorities, in a victory for so-called Dreamers, quietly announced they have resumed accepting requests for renewals in DACA, the Obama-era program that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

“Until further notice, if you already applied for #DACA and it was expiring, this is your chance to reapply,” California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra tweeted Saturday night.

The government’s announcement, made without fanfare on a website Saturday, came four days after a federal judge in San Francisco issued an order temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s decision to phase out the program.

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A federal judge blocked the Trump administration's phaseout of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Jan. 9. The White House called it Photo Credit: Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post

Federal judge gives respite to ‘dreamers’, says DACA can’t end while lawsuit is pending

A federal judge’s decision to block Trump administration plans to phase out protections for so-called undocumented “dreamers” brought sharp backlash Wednesday from the White House, calling the injunction “outrageous.”

The order by U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued Tuesday says safeguards against deportation must remain in place for the nearly 690,000 immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while a legal challenge to ending the Obama-era program proceeds.

It remained unclear Wednesday when the DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers” could resume applying for renewals of their work permits as a result of the California ruling, which Alsup said should apply nationwide. Advocates said it would depend on the Department of Homeland Security, which runs the program.

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Trump says he's open to a sweeping immigration deal Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump says he's open to a sweeping immigration deal and is willing to 'take the heat' with his supporters

President Trump told lawmakers Tuesday he’d “take the heat” for a comprehensive immigration bill to address the roughly 11 million people in the country illegally — a measure that would test the support of his anti-immigration loyalists.

First, he said, Congress would have to come to a narrower agreement with the administration on border security and on the so-called Dreamers, an estimated 700,000 young people who were brought to the country illegally as children. Then, he said, they could push to deal with the status of the 11 million, he said.

“If you want to take it that further step, I’ll take the heat. I don’t care,” Trump said, quipping, “My whole life has been heat.”

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Protestors in support of TPS Photo Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

200,000 Salvadorans may be forced to leave the U.S. as Trump ends immigration protection

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will terminate the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them to face deportation.

The administration said it will give the Salvadorans until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States or find a way to obtain a green card, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security. After earthquakes hit the country in 2001, Salvadorans were granted what is known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, and their permits have been renewed on an 18-month basis since then.

Monday’s announcement is the latest step by the administration to cut the number of foreigners living in the United States — by squeezing the flow of legal immigration and intensifying efforts to expel those who arrived illegally.

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5

#DefendUndocu Communities

U-SU Plaza, U-SU  |  3:15 pm

March

22

Independent Visions: Undocumented Tales

U-SU Theatre, 1st Floor, U-SU  |  6:15 pm

Tues.

Dreamers Counseling 

Dreamers Resource Center  SA214 |  2 to 3 p.m.

Weds.

DACA Workshops

Dreamers Resource Center  SA214 |  10 a.m to 12 p.m.