Immigration Issues and Resources

President's Message


Dear University Community:

Last Friday a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program and to resume accepting applications. Under the ruling, first-time applications, renewal requests, and advance parole requests will be processed based on Obama-era rules.

This is good news for DACA students and for those of us who are committed to their education and well-being. While we recognize that there is still the likelihood that the ruling will face a court appeal, students should plan now. The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration recommends that DACA holders consider renewing at 150 days before the expiration of their current DACA permits. The judge in Friday’s ruling ordered the government to return to issuing two-year permits to those who qualify. Since the summer the administration has issued one-year permits.

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration recommends that first-time applicants seek legal assistance to determine their eligibility and to prepare their application.

Cal State LA students, staff, faculty and their immediate relatives have access to free immigration legal services provided by the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). For more information about these services and to schedule an appointment, please visit the Erika J. Glazer Family Dreamers Resource Center website. Students may contact the center for assistance with the DACA application and fees.

This Thursday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m., our partners at CARECEN will be presenting information online about the latest DACA updates, including last week’s court order, program eligibility, and documentation required. Cal State LA students, faculty, and staff are invited to register here to join the meeting on Zoom.

Friday’s ruling is a significant setback for the Trump administration's efforts to end DACA, but in addition to the possibility of a court appeal, there is another federal lawsuit about the program still pending. Separately, however, President-elect Joe Biden has indicated his support for DACA students and has said he will reinstate the program.

We encourage students to stay up to date on DACA developments and to utilize the resources of the Dreamers Resource Center. The judge ordered the Trump administration to post the notice of these changes on its website by today. We will continue to provide updates through emails and on our Immigration Issues and Resources website. Cal State LA supports DACA students and remains dedicated to helping you earn your degree and achieve your goals.

William A. Covino


Nancy Wada-McKee
Vice President for Student Life





In the News

Demonstrators gather in 2019 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
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Federal judge restores DACA, orders DHS to accept first-time applications from immigrants

Thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children are immediately eligible to apply for an Obama-era program that grants them work permits, a federal judge in New York ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in Brooklyn said he was fully restoring the eight-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program to the days before the Trump administration tried to end it in September 2017. He ordered the Department of Homeland Security to post a public notice by Monday to accept first-time applications and ensure that work permits are valid for two years.


Defend DACA protest sign in front of Supreme Court building
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Supreme Court rules for ‘Dreamers,’ rejects Trump’s repeal of immigration program

WASHINGTON — In a striking rebuke to President Trump, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected his plan to repeal the popular Obama-era order that protected so-called Dreamers, the approximately 700,000 young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children.

Led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the court called the decision to cancel the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, arbitrary and not justified. The program allows these young people to register with the government and, if they have a clean criminal record, obtain a work permit and be assured they will not be deported. At least 27,000 of DACA recipients are employed as healthcare workers.


Dreamers gathered in front of the Supreme Court
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Poll: Trump voters want to protect Dreamers

A majority of Trump voters want to protect so-called Dreamers from deportation, according to a new poll, putting pressure on President Donald Trump to shield immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

The same trend holds across all Republicans, according to the findings from the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. In fact, the poll indicates that wide swaths of registered voters support Dreamers regardless of gender, education, income, ethnicity, religion and ideology. That includes 68 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of conservatives and 64 percent of those who approve of the job Trump is doing. Even 69 percent of those who voted for Trump in 2016 — when he vowed to deport Dreamers — say they should be protected.


Supreme Court

California ‘sanctuary’ rules stay in place after Supreme Court rejects Trump’s challenge

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court refused to hear the Trump administration’s challenge to a California “sanctuary” law, leaving intact rules that prohibit law enforcement officials from aiding federal agents in taking custody of immigrants as they are released from jail.

Only Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. voted to hear the administration’s appeal.

The court’s action is a major victory for California in its long-running battle with President Trump.


Supreme Court with a sign that says Defend DACA
Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Supreme Court could force Congress into battle over Dreamers

In what is already one of the most turbulent years in Washington, Congress soon be staring down another crisis — the possible deportation of 700,000 Dreamers.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule in the coming weeks on the fate of an Obama-era program to shield undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, delivering a jolt to Washington amid a global pandemic and historic unrest over the killing of African Americans by police.



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