OVERVIEW: IMMIGRATION POST-ELECTION TOPICS & SUPPORT
Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?
Visit our on-campus and off-campus DREAMERS resources listing for where to get the help you need.
- View list of safe spaces to talk with someone.
- Get help with Financial Aid for DREAMERS, including AB540 and DACA changes.
- Seek academic Counseling.
- See links to off-campus immigration expertise.
DACA & Other Executive Actions
We've added information about DACA and other executive actions to our website. Topics include
- potential changes to law and policy
- applying for DACA for the first time
- traveling abroad
- Updates will be made as information changes
Foothill is committed to supporting all students regardless of immigration status and making it a “Safe Campus” through resources and services.
We understand that the election has brought up many concerns for our undocumented population and has left many students with uncertainty around our transition as a nation.
Foothill wants students to know that they are not alone! We stand united through continued support as a community.
Know Your Rights
All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution.
First, it is recommended
that every immigrant order a free Red Card
, which details (in both English and Spanish) how to address police and ICE officials if an encounter arises.
Second, become and stay informed about your rights as an immigrant. Visit VisaPro, an immigration attorneys' website, for useful articles on a variety of immigration topics, including
- Employment-related rights
- Rights of Immigrants Against Unlawful Searches and Seizures
- Right of Immigrants to Remain Silent
- Rights of Immigrants to be Represented by an Attorney
- Rights of Immigrants to Refuse to Sign Any Document
What Immigrants Can Do Now
As America faces challenges in our long fight to uphold our founding values of liberty and justice for all, the National Immigrant Justice Center stands firmly with immigrant communities who make our country strong. NIJC encourages all immigrant communities to stay informed of new and changing policies, as nothing is certain.
In the meantime, here are important things to know right now.
- We do not recommend filing an initial application for DACA at this time. If you are considering filing a DACA renewal, first speak with qualified legal counsel, like NIJC, about the potential risks.
- If you have DACA, do not apply for advance parole. If you already have approved advance parole, return to the United States before January 20, 2017.
- Make an appointment for a legal consultation.
- If you have been a permanent resident for three or more years, consult with a legal service provider about preparing to apply for U.S. citizenship.
- Avoid negative interaction with law enforcement. Something like a DUI or conviction related to drugs can have irreversible negative immigration consequences.