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.

Nov. 1st: UC Joins Legal Motion to Halt Repeal of DACA Program.
The University of California, along with other organizations and individuals who have sued the Trump administration over its rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, today (Nov. 1) jointly asked a federal judge to keep the program operating while legal motions proceed. The joint motion argues that the federal government violated federal procedures, failed to justify its decision and did not undergo the proper notice-and-comment process required to rescind DACA. The motion asks the court to maintain DACA pending a final court ruling... Read more.

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.

Policy & Legislative Updates

Proposed Legislation To Replace DACA
Following the the Trump Administration's September 5, 2017 rescission of DACA, members of the 155th Congress have proposed several bills to replace the Obama-era initiative, which granted work permits and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. The bills vary by partisanship, the age of qualifying immigrants, duration of protection, and extension of residency.

Federal Court Blocks Latest Revision of Travel Ban
October 17, 2017 - Hours before it was set to go into effect, a federal court temporarily blocked President Trump's third attempted travel ban from being enforced for six majority-Muslim nations.

Court Blocks Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities
April 25, 2017 - A federal court issued a preliminary injunction at the request of the City of San Francisco and of Santa Clara County, blocking federal agencies from using President Trump's January 25, 2017 Executive Order to withhold federal funding from local jurisdictions which maintain sanctuary policies that protect undocumented immigrants.

UC Office of the President stands by its previous statement of principles reaffirming its commitment to vigorously protect the privacy and civil rights of undocumented members of our community and encourages affected members to reach out to available resource centers as well as Counseling & Psychological Services for support.

California Values Act Extends Sanctuary Protections
October 5. 2017 - Extending sanctuary protections state-wide, Governor Brown signed SB 29, prohibiting local resources from being used for immigration enforcement and provide safeguards to ensure that schools, libraries, health facilities, shelters and Department of Labor Standards Enforcement facilities remain accessible to all Californians. State and local law enforcement officers, with few exceptions, are prohibited from asking individuals about their immigration status, arresting or detaining individuals for immigration purposes, participating in border patrol activities, or acting as immigration agents. SB 54 also extends valuable due process protections to those our state prison system.

Despite support for undocumented immigrants in California law, University of California community members need to remain aware of our risks & rights in reguard to federal law.