Contra Costa College Stands with Undocumented Students
While the Trump administration has announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Contra Costa College stands with undocumented students, and wants to assure the CCC community that campus will remain a safe place for all.
It is important to note that today’s decision on the ‘unwinding’ of DACA does not impact a student’s ability to attend our college, qualify for an exemption from non-resident tuition fees under AB540, or to apply for financial aid under the provisions of the California Dream Act. AB540 and the California Dream Act are state programs that are entirely separate and distinct from DACA and the federal enforcement of immigration laws.
There are also many other resources available to students impacted:
- Students whose DACA status expires on or before March 5, 2018 are urged to apply immediately for this scholarship to cover the cost of the $495 renewal fee. If you attend CCC or any California community college, CSU or UC school, you just need to fill out an online application and provide documentation that your status expires before that deadline. Scholarship applications will be processed the same day they are submitted. Once a student has qualified, checks made out to the Department of Homeland Security will immediately be made available in the San Francisco area and by overnight mail in other parts of the state.
- A list of related events, including free renewals, is available from Ready California.
- A comprehensive resource guide has been released by the California Immigrant Policy Center.
- Students are also encouraged to come by the Counseling Center in Student Services Center, Room 108 or call 510-215-3935 for counseling.
- Counseling is also available through the Student Wellness Program, which can be reached at 510-215-3960 or email@example.com.
- As stated above, the California DREAM Act is still in effect. You can learn more about what’s covered under that law from I Can Afford College.
- A guide to Frequently Asked Questions for Undocumented Students is available from CCC.
- A community advisory, What Do I Need to Know About the End of DACA?, has been released by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
- And a list of non-profit organizations offering legal help to immigrants is available from the California Department of Social Services.
The week of the announcement, CCC hosted a DACA Information Night and drop-in support group for students impacted. Counseling staff also maintained a daily presence on the plaza, where students could get more information or leave messages of support.
In January, the Contra Costa Community College District board voted 6-0 to make its campuses, including Contra Costa College, sanctuaries for undocumented students, as reported by the East Bay Times:
The district will withhold students’ personal information from federal agencies like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and retain existing financial aid policies for undocumented students. The resolution approved Wednesday night makes several assertions, including that the district will protect students ‘who meet the minimum requirements for admission, regardless of immigration status.’ No personal student information, the resolution says, will be released without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order, or that student’s permission.
Also, in a statement issued Tuesday morning, CCC President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh joined Chancellor Fred Wood, Diablo Valley College Interim President Ted Wieden and Los Medanos College President Bob Kratochvil in denouncing the decision to end DACA and re-committing to protect and support undocumented students.
“We remain committed,” Wood said, “to doing our part by providing the education and training all of our students need and want.”
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.