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.
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.|
Immigrant Legal Resource Center Handout
Effective of Coronavirus to International and Low-Income Students
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Important Information: 10 Strategies To Help Students Impacted by ICE Raids
Immigration Information on:
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
Myth and Realities
Source: Students United for the DREAM Act, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
REALITY: DACA 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.
View our list of upcoming events
Free Virtual DACA Renewal Clinics - June 3rd, June 6th
The San Antonio Food Bank is in full operations as the city and county enter a period of “shelter from home.” The Food Bank’s network of food pantries and mobile food distributions remains fully operational and open to the public for help.
DACA scholarship is now open for anyone who needs assistance paying USCIS fees, here's the application: DACA scholarship application
If you know anyone who needs an attorney, our RAICES offices are also doing free consultations for DACA recipients and free DACA renewals.
Consultations are over the phone at the moment, here are the phone numbers for each office:
Austin: Please call (512)-994-2199 extension 160 to schedule an appointment for your consultation over the phone. If you have trouble reaching us, you may also text (512)-537-8835.
Corpus Christi: We will now be doing legal consultations for new clients over the phone. Please call 361-693-5838 to schedule an appointment for your consultation over the phone. If you have trouble reaching us, you may also text 361-693-5838
Dallas: Downtown location: Please call (214)-295-9554). North Dallas location, call 214-919-0736 and leave a message with your name/number.
Fort Worth: Depending on the day, please contact the appropriate legal assistant assigned below. Only five (5) consultations will be offered each day.
MONDAY 817-717-9379 TUESDAY 972-590-8572 WEDNESDAY 817- 768-6388 THURSDAY 817-769-2716
Houston: Please call (832) 599-6942 to schedule an appointment for your consultation over the phone. If you have trouble reaching us, you may also text (832) 599-6942.
San Antonio: Please call (210) 222-0964, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am, to register. We can only do a limited number of consults per day. If you do not make the list, please call again the next day, Monday through Thursday, at 8:00 am. We do not have consults Friday.
Carmen De Luna-Jones