Immigration Policy & Legislation

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.


DACA Renewals now being accepted.
January 13, 2018 - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting applications to renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. The federal court order directs the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to resume the DACA program and came about as a result of the University of California’s lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its rescission of DACA.

Read the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center's FAQ for information about DACA renewal, eligibility, campus assistance, renewal grants, and guidance on your rights and safety. RSVP for DACA Renewal workshops hosted on all of the UC campuses.


Appeals Court Limits Trump's Third Travel Ban Attempt
December 22, 2017 - The president’s third attempt to ban travel from six majority Muslim countries "once again exceeds the scope of his delegated authority," the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said. The ruling on Hawaii's challenge to the administration bars the administration from restricting "persons who have a credible bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States, including grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. As for entities, the relationship must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course of business, rather than for the purpose of evading the Proclamation." The federal appeals court put its decision on hold pending U.S. Supreme Court review of this ruling and a second challenge to the president's order currently being considered by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.


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.