On January 13th, 2018, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it would once again accept renewals for DACA. Folks who previously had DACA that expired on or after Sept. 5, 2016 can now file DACA renewal requests. Folks who previously had DACA that expired or was terminated before Sept. 5, 2016 can now file a new initial DACA request. Please see https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction for more details that may illuminate specific situations. At this time, no new applications are being accepted for individuals who have not previously received DACA at any point in time.
While we welcome the news of the court injunction that has temporarily reinstated DACA renewals, we are also deeply saddened by the decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for those who qualified from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.
We are here to support you as you navigate this time of changing opportunities. We encourage you to access pro-bono legal services to support you and your family from the agencies on this list. We are also offering emergency aid for undocumented students at our college that can support you in paying the fees associated with renewals and other financial needs you may have.
We have tried to make the process as simple as possible. Students are eligible to access aid by having an AB540 affidavit filed with Admissions& Records, and a CA Dream Act application (CADAA) completed. The last step would be to meet with Dr. Carol Brown (CC-105, 626.585.7384), who also runs the Rapid Response Emergency Aid (RREA) program on campus, and complete a short intake.
If you have any questions about any parts of this, there are people here to help! We have trusted staff who can help you complete the CADAA, answer questions about the AB540 affidavit, and give you more details about the emergency aid. Please follow up with whomever you feel most comfortable: whether it's a faculty or staff member whom you hold in confidence, a member of the Safe Zone Coalition, or Dr. Brown. We can assist you with more explanation and support in any part of this process.
Please note: this emergency aid is available for our undocumented students regardless of whether it is for DACA renewals, for TPS-related needs, or any other identified financial need. PCC continues to be here for you!