“To the Dreamers in our student community, we stand with you and celebrate today’s decision. We are so glad to be able to continue supporting you in your academic journeys and we will continue to help you make your dreams of a college education a reality. We are blessed to serve your great potential to make positive change in the world’ - UIW President, Dr. Thomas Evans
While this list of resources is not comprehensive, we hope it provides helpful direction for anyone who may need assistance.
All are welcome here at UIW and your presence helps to shape the fabric of the UIW community.
DACA Updates (per NAFSA website)
On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) released its opinion in the Department of Homeland Security et al. v. Regents of the University of California et al. case, holding that the 2017 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo that rescinded DACA was “arbitrary and capricious” under the Administrative Procedure Act and remanding the issue back to DHS for the agency to consider anew the “conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients.” This leaves DACA intact for now, but the administration is expected to try again to rescind it. Read the SCOTUS decision here
In the meantime:
- USCIS will continue to accept limited kinds of DACA requests, as described in its July 17, 2019 DACA status update:
- USCIS will continue to accept timely-filed DACA renewal requests from individuals already granted DACA
- USCIS will continue to accept "late-filed" DACA renewal requests from individuals whose period of DACA expired less than a year ago
- USCIS will continue to accept new initial DACA requests from individuals who had previously been granted DACA but whose period of DACA expired more than one year ago
- As a result of the June 28, 2020 SCOTUS decision, though, DHS will have to develop and publish guidance to restore processing DACA-based advance parole and new initial requests for DACA from individuals who had never been granted DACA in the past. An individual may not apply for those benefits yet, until USCIS publishes procedures and guidance on how to do so.
- The administration is expected to try again to rescind DACA in a way that would comply with “the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.”
DACA students should seek the counsel of an experienced immigration lawyer or recognized/accredited organization or representative regarding their DACA eligibility and filings. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) web tool at Ailalawyer.org can be a good place to look for an immigration lawyer.
For more details about the decision, visit Immigration Cases.org - DACA Resource Page
- DHS Website – DACA Page
- Immigration Cases.org - DACA Resource Page - Immigration made easy: simple and helpful immigration information so you can understand your status, case and the U.S. immigration system.
- RAICES – A nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national frontlines of the fight for immigration rights. We defend the rights of immigrants and refugees, empower individuals, families, and communities, and advocate for liberty and justice.
- Catholic Charities - Caritas Legal Services provides comprehensive, low-cost legal aid in civil, probate, and immigration law to individuals and families seeking a secure future. lawyers are experienced in multiple fields to offer clients the best legal advice on a wide range of legal issues including Immigration Assistance –Legal aid to help immigrants and refugees secure their citizenship.
- USCIS – Avoiding Immigration Scams - Don’t become a victim of immigration scams! If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice.
- San Antonio Resource Directory for immigrant students and families - This resource directory is meant to provide vetted information about organizations that offer services and support to undocumented students and families in the areas of education, employment, housing, health, legal, and other important services.
- Immigrant Rising Scholarships: Undergrad and Graduate - Founded in 2006, Immigrants Rising provides resources and support for undocumented young people are able to get an education, pursue careers, and build a brighter future for themselves and their community.
- HACU – DACA Eligible Scholarships - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities administers scholarship opportunities provided by HACU partners to assist in defraying some of your college expenditures. Please review each scholarship’s criteria carefully to see if you qualify, since each partner may have differing requirements.
- Dreamers Roadmap - Helping undocumented students find scholarship opportunities through a mobile app.
- United We Dream - Largest immigrant youth-led community in the country.