Undocumented Student Support Services

The UCSF Undocumented Student Support Services is a virtual resource center for current and prospective students, faculty, staff and allies.

Dear Members of Undocumented Student Community and Allies at UCSF,

We stand at your side, recognizing the emotional toll of the election results and the impact on your safety and that of your families. The lived experiences of members from the Undocumented Community are painful, enduring, and heroic. To our UCSF Students, we see your profound talent, courage, and resilience. In light of threatening pre-election rhetoric, and a rise in post-election hate speech and hostility targeted at marginalized communities, specifically Undocumented, Immigrant, Muslim, Queer, Black and other identities -the UCSF Undocumented Students Support Services proudly stands in solidarity. Advocates from UCOP Undocumented Student Coordinators and UC Legal Services are convening to identify a plan of action and support. We are collectively committed to supporting you during this time and are available for consultation and are here to assist in any way we can.

Updates will be posted as they are gathered.

DACA Updates

California DACA Update
Get updates from the California Immigrant Guide about community legal services providers and consumer alerts as well as information on education, finanial aid, employments, Medi-Cal, drivers licemces, and other DACA related services.

Call on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation now. Join with UC and call on Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation that would provide a permanent solution for these young people – one that allows these Dreamers to continue to live, work and serve the only country most of them know as home.

Take action to Protect our nation’s Dreamers at UC Advocacy Network.

DACA Renewal Grants: The University of California applauds the announcement today (Sept. 13) that the Mission Asset Fund, with support from the Weingart Foundation, will provide $500,000 in grants to cover the cost of renewing the applications of UC, California State University and California community college students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Mission Asset Fund, a Bay Area nonprofit that works to build financially sustainable communities and families, will distribute the funds in the form of $495 grants to cover the renewal application fee for students whose DACA permits expire on or before March 5, 2018 and who are applying for a renewal.

Learn more about it.

Learn about FREE Bay Area DACA Renewal Clinics

Sept. 8th: University of California sues Trump administration on unlawful repeal of DACA program
The University of California today (Sept. 8) filed suit in federal court against the Trump administration for wrongly and unconstitutionally violating the rights of the University and its students by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on “nothing more than unreasoned executive whim.” The lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its acting secretary, Elaine Duke, is the first to be filed by a university seeking to stop the Trump administration’s recently announced decision to end the DACA program... Read more.

Sept. 7th: UCSF Pledges Continued Support for DACA Students, Staff During Town Hall
In opening remarks for the Defending DACA forum, Renee Navarro, MD, vice chancellor of Diversity and Outreach, said, “It’s now more important than ever before for us to stand shoulder to shoulder together in defense of the rights of those who are members of the DACA program.” Watch the video of the forum here!

Sign statements of support: UC Faculty | Healthcare Professionals

The forum was held to discuss the potential ramifications of changes to the DACA program and to reaffirm support for undocumented students and staff in the UCSF community... Read more.

Sept. 5th Update: UC President Napolitano Denounces DACA Decision, calls on Congress
In addition to the public statement and message to the UC community that President Napolitano issued this morning, emphasizing her strong objection to this decision and UC’s commitment to protecting and supporting UC’s DACA and other undocumented students and members of the community, UC has also transmitted two letters to members of Congress... Read more.

Sept. 5th Statement from the Chancellor
In light of today’s news, we are working quickly to assess the ramifications of President Trump’s decision in order to offer guidance to the Dreamers currently enrolled at UCSF and their families, as well as the faculty and staff who teach and support them.

Alejandra Rincón, assistant vice chancellor and chief of staff for the Office of Diversity and Outreach, and LaMisha Hill, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center, are working closely with the UC Office of the President on issues concerning undocumented students. As more information becomes known it will be posted on diversity.ucsf.edu and undocu.ucsf.edu. Related resources are listed below, and information also can be obtained by contacting Dr. Rincón at Alejandra.Rincon@ucsf.edu.

In addition, the University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center, operating out of the UC Davis School of Law, serves the immigration-related legal needs of undocumented and immigrant students in the University of California system. For more information, please contact Paralegal Karina Rocha at krocha@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-7996.

Read more about our institutional response and related resources.

UCILSC: What the Rescission of DACA Means
The University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center is deeply disappointed to share news that you may have already heard today: the President has stated he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program on March 5, 2018.

This is what it means.

Policy & Legislative Updates

Trump Administration Rescission of DACA
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)--DHS published a press release announcing the rescission of DACA with links to a memo on how it will administer the new DACA policy and Frequently Asked Questions.

Revised Travel Ban
The Trump Administration’s revised executive order banning citizens of six nations from entering the United States is anathema to advancing knowledge and international cooperation. While the new order appears less restrictive than the one it replaced, UC remains deeply concerned that the new order, once it goes into effect on March 16, will still have a very serious effect on those who seek to study, train, research and teach at UC and universities across the country, to the detriment of the UC community and the country as a whole.

Executive Orders and Sanctuary Cities
On January 25th, 2017, two executive order regarding boarder security and immigration enforcement were signed by the president of the United states indicating that jurisdictions that fail to comply with federal law will be denied federal funding, among additional directives. The Office of The President issued a statement of principles reaffirming its commitment to vigorously protect... Read more.

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have introduced legislation whose intent is to allow people who are eligible for or who have received work authorization and temporary relief from deportation through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to continue living in the U.S... Read more.

S. 240 and HR 724
UCSF is working very closely with the UC Office of Federal Government Relations in Washington, DC. The University of California is supporting legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (S. 240) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (Lofgren: HR 724) rescinding the President’s executive order.