Deferred Action

Alamo Colleges District Family,
Immigrants played a vital role in our nation’s success pre-COVID and will continue to as our country transitions from response to recovery during this pandemic. DREAMers — immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was terminated by the Trump administration and has been the center of years of litigation. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to preserve DACA, temporarily protecting DREAMers from deportation. The Alamo Colleges District and our family of colleges — Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip’s College and San Antonio College — celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision.
Focused on students and empowering our diverse communities for success, the Alamo Colleges leadership in 2017, and again in 2019, declared their support for our DREAMers students, faculty and staff, recognizing the valuable contributions they provide to the region. As part of this support, we established a DACA/DREAMers resource website, a districtwide DREAMers Advisory Council that consists of administrators, faculty, frontline staff, advisors/counselors and campus police, and enrollment support services tailored for DREAMers.
Our nation, and especially Texas, relies on and benefits from, the economic contributions of DREAMers. Approximately 107,000 DACA recipients live in Texas, the second highest population of DREAMers nationwide. DREAMers also matriculate in our Texas institutions of higher education at a high rate — 66,000 total in Texas. These men and women contribute to the vitality of our economy, attend our colleges and universities, work in key industries and improve our quality of life. They are hardworking individuals that include nearly 27,000 healthcare workers nationwide who have been fighting on the frontlines against COVID-19.
The Supreme Court’s decision, while positive, is not the final step. Without a legislative solution to the DACA program, DREAMers, the schools they attend, and the businesses which employ them, will continue to face uncertainty about the future. Now more than ever, our community is relying on a stable workforce to make the everyday decisions that will contribute to the economic recovery of our region. DREAMers deserve a legislative solution that allows them to fully participate in our society.
We commit to our DREAMers students, faculty and staff to remain welcoming and open to all and continue to urge congress to find a legislative resolution for DACA.
In Service,
Marcelo Casillas, Chair of the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees
Dr. Mike Flores, Chancellor
Dr. Veronica Garcia, President of Northeast Lakeview College
Dr. Ric Neal Baser, President of Northwest Vista College
Dr. Robert Garza, President of Palo Alto College
Dr. Adena Williams Loston, President of St. Philip's College
Dr. Robert Vela, President of San Antonio College

 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) website provides current immigration information and resources for undocumented & DACAmented student DREAMers, families and our communities.

SA Stands to start the “San Antonio Undocumented Workers Fund” to Provide Relief to Those Excluded from the CARES Act

SAN ANTONIO— Today, SA Stands, along with other local organizations, launched the “San Antonio Undocumented Workers Fund”. When Congress passed the CARES Act last month to aid people struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it excluded noncitizen workers and even their U.S. citizen family members. This new fund will assist these families as they try to stay safe and provide for their basic needs.  We are all San Antonians, and we must ensure that all of us have the relief to get through this crisis together as a community.

Immigrants are among the essential workers putting themselves at risk to provide us healthcare, food, transportation, and safety during the pandemic. These workers contribute to our communities in many ways, including financially. According to the New American Economy, undocumented workers contributed $47 million to state and local taxes in 2017. It is a disgrace to leave them out of the stimulus package deal.

SA Stands is committed to raising $25,000 and assisting at least 50 families in the city of San Antonio. To do so, we will need the help of those in our community fortunate enough to still earn their paycheck safely. We encourage those who can to join many of our community organizers in contributing all or part of their $1,200 CARES Act check to share it with those who will not receive one.

To donate or apply for funds visit sastands.org/safund 

SA Stands will continue to work to provide assistance to immigrant families and advocate for our local governments to recognize the equality of all community members by providing aid to those who will not receive a stimulus check.

Coronavirus Information for DACA Students

Spanish Resources for the Undocumented Community during the Coronavirus Emergency

Informed Immigrant is proud to launch the Resources For the Undocumented Community During Coronavirus page to connect immigrant families with resources during this difficult time.

Spanish Language Page

English Language Page

Immigrant Legal Resource Center Handout

 

 

English Handout

Spanish Handout

Effective of Coronavirus to International and Low-Income Students

Programs are available to bridge the digital divide by providing students and employees low-cost internet service. More story...

A Guide to Providing Mental Health Services to Immigrants Impacted by Changes to DACA and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Important Information: 10 Strategies To Help Students Impacted by ICE Raids

 

Services

Immigration Information on:

  • Understanding DACA
  • USCIS  Website
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Myths and Realities
  • DACA Resources
  • Scholarship Resources
  • Legal Resources Services in the Community

Highlights

  • Welcoming Centers for incoming and prospective immigrant students and their families
  • IME BECAS Scholarships & Dream US Scholarships
  • Resources to Protect Texas Communities
  • Resolution of Support for the Educational Success of Undocuments Student DREAMers
  • District-wide DREAMers Advisory Council Members
  • College Campus Counseling Services
  • Community Partners/Allies (local, statewide & national)

DACA Renewals Now

DACA Renewals Now is a hub that provides links to DACA guides, downloadable toolkit, graphics with renewal guidance and information on how to access renewal assistance from participating organizations

 

Website: dacarenewalsnow.com

#DACARenewalsNow Educational Social Toolkit

Renewal step-by-step graphicsso ay

Myth and Realities

Source: Students United for the DREAM Act, 2012

MYTH: It's the DREAM Act

REALITY: DACA is not the DREAM Act, or amnesty or immigration reform.  It is merely 1% of a comprehensive immigration platform that still needs much work. 

MYTH: It provides a path to residency or citizenship

REALITY: It does not provide beneficiaries a pathway to residency or citizenship. It does NOT “fix” his papers. It merely provides a work permit and the relief of deportation.

MYTH: Obama invented it

REALITY: Obama did not invent DACA. It already existed but was only available for students already in deportation procedures. Now it is available to many students and not just those with deportation orders, so long as they meet the requirements.

MYTH: It can be used to later petition for family members

REALITY: DACA cannot be used to adjust or petition for family members’ immigration status. It can only provide a temporary work permit for those who qualify.

MYTH: It allows military enlistment

REALITY: DACA does not provide a path for beneficiaries to enlist in the military. Under current federal law, one still needs a VISA (I-551) to enlist.

MYTH: Applicants need a lawyer

REALITY: Applicants for DACA do not always need lawyers. All the forms and instructions are free and on the USCIS website. However, if a case is very difficult, it is recommended to hire an ethical attorney.

MYTH: It makes beneficiaries eligible to obtain Drivers' Licenses

REALITY: DACA beneficiaries will not be eligible to obtain Drivers’ Licenses. Texas, however, is the only state that has a law which does allow for this.

MYTH: It calls for more illegal immigration

REALITYDACA does not call for more illegal immigration because all applicants must prove in full detail that they lived in the country for 5 years prior to its passage.

Resources

Contact Us:

Carmen De Luna-Jones
Offisite Coordinator

Phone:
210-485-0280

Email:
mdeluna-joness@alamo.edu

Location:
Brackenridge Center

532  N. Center Street, 78202

Harlandale Center
901 March Avenue,  78214