CSUCI Student Organization

I.D.E.A.S. (Improving Dreams Equality, Access and Resources - for additional information please reach out to the MDC)

Important Information

What is DACA?

In 2012, President Barack Obama announced an executive order that would allow certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key criteria to request consideration of deferred action (with respect to any deportation proceedings) for a period of two years. The executive order is called Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and is subject to renewal. The program also allows for an individual to apply for work authorization. DACA is not amnesty, and can be revoked by a current Presidential administration at any time. Each case is assessed to ensure the applicant meets the criteria and poses no security threat.

DACA allows students to pursue higher education without the fear of being deported. Continuing DACA would allow students to continue to pursue a college education and contribute to their communities and the nation.

If the DACA program is eliminated, will the CSU enforce federal immigration and hold requests?

The CSU will continue to comply with federal immigration laws, but the enforcement of those laws is currently the responsibility of the federal government, not the CSU. Absent a legal requirement, CSU’s actions in this area will not change and the CSU will not enter into agreements with federal authorities. The Chancellors office maintains updates and documents in regards to this and can be found at this link.

If the DACA program is eliminated, will DACA students still be able to receive state and institutional financial aid?

State and institutional aid is not dependent on DACA approval. The financial aid available to undocumented and AB540 students is authorized by state law and comes from state and CSU sources. Therefore, a potential repeal of DACA has no effect on the availability of an undocumented AB540 student’s financial aid under state law.

Statement from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) (PDF, 298KB)

Are CSU's “sanctuary” campuses?

The CSU is committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning community for all students. The term “sanctuary” is a vague term that lacks a universal legal or educational definition and could lead to misunderstanding and misplaced reliance.

What is AB540?
* AB68 addendum to AB540 (PDF, 357KB)

How do you submit an AB540 Affidavit and California Dream Act Application?

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)? (PDF, 99KB)

DACA Announcement: Top 5 Things to Know (PDF, 415KB)

Immigrant Rights (PDF, 66KB)

Additional Resources

Chancellor's Office

The Chancellor's Office also provides regular updates and information on their website, so please make sure to keep checking it if you want updates.

DACA: Your right to work (PDF, 54.6KB)

Immigrant Family Preparedness Plan Immigrant Student Information

Mental Health Resources (PDF, 53KB)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

California Dream Act

Know Your Rights (PDF, 6.9KB)

Ventura County Food Pantries (PDF, 271KB)

Underrepresented Student Initiatives - MAR

On campus we have the Mariposa's Achieving and Resisting (MAR) program for undocumented students.  We provide 1:1 support, important updates, and resources to support our undocumented students to be successful while at CSUCI.  You can learn more by visiting our Underrepresented Student Initiatives webpage or emailing Natalie Johnson (natalie.johnson@csuci.edu) to schedule a meeting.

Undocumented Student Ally Training Program

On campus we have the Mariposa's Achieving and Resisting (MAR) program for undocumented students.  We provide 1:1 support, important updates, and resources to support our undocumented students to be successful while at CSUCI.  You can learn more by visiting our Underrepresented Student Initiatives webpage or emailing Natalie Johnson (natalie.johnson@csuci.edu) to schedule a meeting.

Free Immigration Legal Services for Students and Employees

Direct immigration legal services are available free of charge to CSU students, employees and immediate relatives (i.e. parents, children, spouses and siblings). Attorneys and paralegals are available to assist students with general consultations, DACA renewals and general assistance in filling out forms such as family-based petitions. This project aims to serve undocumented students, students with immigration questions, staff and faculty. For help with scheduling an appointment please contact Natalie Johnson at natalie.johnson@csuci.edu or schedule an appointment directly at the CARECEN booking website at carecenla.simplybook.me

Community Resources

Border Angels

Border Angels is an all volunteer, non profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand. Border Angels also works to serve San Diego County’s immigrant population through various migrant outreach programs such as Day Laborer outreach and our free legal assistance program held in our office every Tuesday. Border Angels works to dispel the various myths surrounding immigration in the United States and to bring back truth and justice.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) was founded in 1986. CHIRLA is a California leader with national impact made of diverse immigrant families and individuals who act as agents of social change to achieve a world with freedom of mobility, full human rights, and true participatory democracy. CHIRLA’s mission is to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. CHIRLA organizes and serves individuals, institutions and coalitions to build power, transform public opinion, and change policies to achieve full human, civil and labor rights. Guided by the power, love, and vision of our community, CHIRLA embraces and drives progressive social change. CHIRLA was formed in response to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 which made hiring undocumented workers illegal, thus creating a situation ripe for worker exploitation and abuse which have increased since that time.

Dream Team Los Angeles

in 2009, DREAM Team Los Angeles (DTLA) aims to create a safe space in which undocumented immigrants from the community and allies empower themselves through activism and life stories. Through these shared experiences, individuals develop as efficient advocates for their own rights and those of the larger immigrant community. DTLA is a grass roots organization that welcomes anyone who is interested in being part of the work, both in L.A. and nationally; we do as part of the immigrants rights movement.

El Concilio Family Services (Oxnard, CA)

To provide direct assistance and educational programs to the underserved Latino Community. The majority of our clients are agricultural and service sector workers and the wellbeing of their families is vital to a stable and productive economy. They provide various programs and services like a Citizenship Program, Immigration Services, Youth Leadership & Development, and a Client Assistance Program.

United We Dream

When you’re undocumented, you face a lot of discrimination, and that creates a lot of fear. At United We Dream, we transform that fear into finding your voice. We empower people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.

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