Yuba Community College District and Woodland Community College Support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students:
As Chancellor Houston wrote to all faculty, staff, and students in his letter dated September 6th after the president’s decision to rescind DACA, the Yuba Community College District (YCCD) and Woodland Community College are committed “to serving all students regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, identity, medical condition, disability or immigration status … Ours is a generous and compassionate nation and peoples; the Governing Board trustees, just as are all of us, are firmly committed to supporting all of our students and our employees in the pursuit of their individual liberties and educational goals.”
On October 10, 2019, The YCCD Governing Board declared October 14 – 18, 2019 and every third week of October thereafter, as “Undocumented Student Action Week”. The Governing Board continues its commitment to students by passing Resolution 19-35.
The goal of this webpage is to share updated information about the college, district, and community resources to support Undocumented, DACA, and AB540 students. This webpage will be updated frequently as we are notified about about campus and community events, workshops and services. Please check back here for updates.
Financial Aid Resources:
- Eligibility and definitions
- Financial Aid and Undocumented Students
- CA Dream Act FAQs for Students and Parents
Community Resources for DACA Students:
FREE Scholarships for DACA Students: The Mission Asset Fund, a San Francisco-based nonprofit with a long history of supporting Dreamers, along with generous support from the Weingart Foundation, announced it is now providing $495 scholarships so DACA recipients can safely renew their status. Any individual whose DACA status is set to expire between now and March 5, 2018 may still apply for renewal.
For more information, please click HERE.
The California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) has shared the following information about the effect on DACA applications:
Individuals who DO NOT currently have DACA CANNOT apply for DACA
Individuals who 1) DO currently have DACA and 2) have an Employment Authorization Document that will expire on or before March 5, 2018
CAN renew their DACA application
Renewal application must be received by October 5, 2017
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLA Foundation) is offering FREE DACA Renewal Application Assistance Workshops that will take place every Wednesday and Friday of September. Applicants will be seen by appointment only. For an appointment please call 916-446-7901.
Information from National, State, and Local Immigration Organizations on DACA:
DACA Update from the National Immigration Law Center 9-5-17
Notice from the American Immigration Lawyers Association:
- National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
- California Immigrant Policy Center
- Mexican-American Legal Defence and Education Fund (MALDEF)
- UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic
- The Informed Immigrant – FAQ’s
- Interactive Legal Glossary
Frequently Asked Questions about DACA as a Student at WCC:
Question: Will all students continue to have access to higher education?
January 2017 Answer: Yes. Federal regulations and State law allow all students, including children of undocumented immigrants, to pursue higher education in the United States.
September 2017 Answer: Yes for now but future eligibility depends on Congressional action. In the event the rescinded DACA program is not replaced by congressional action, nor halted or overturned by legal challenges or State legislative actions, access for undocumented students may ultimately be denied. Until then, Federal regulations and State law allow all students, including children of undocumented immigrants, to pursue higher education in the United States.
Question: Will documentation status be provided to law enforcement agencies?
Answer: No. The Yuba Community College District is required by State and Federal law and District policy to protect the privacy of its students.
Question: Will the District participate in creating a registry of undocumented students?
Answer: No. Federal and State law prohibit disclosing students’ education records to anyone except with a valid legal subpoena, warrant, or court order.
Question: Will District Police enforce federal immigration laws?
Answer: No. The District Police are responsible for enforcing certain state and local laws and District policies; they have no jurisdiction over federal immigration laws.