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Immigration & Refugees

California Dream Act:  California State Law that allows undocumented students to apply for and receive private scholarships, state financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers. 

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DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals): Federal DHS (Department of Homeland Security) policy that defers the removal of eligible undocumented youth and allows them to apply for work authorization if granted DACA.  There are several requirements including entering the US before the age of 16, being younger than 31 as of 6/15/12 and having lived in the US continuously from 6/15/07 through 6/15/12.

[After the election, students who had not yet filed for DACA were advised to not do so until presidential action on DACA was clarified.]


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AB540: California State Law that allows eligible students to pay in state tuition. To qualify for state tuition under AB540 you must have: 

  1. Completed 3 years of high school in California
  2. Graduated or obtained the equivalent of a high school diploma.
  3. Completed an AB540 affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form).

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) generally prohibits school districts from providing third parties such as ICE information about students contained in student records.  More specifically, FERPA prohibits school districts from disclosing personally identifiable information in a student’s “education records” to outside agencies without parental consent or a subpoena.

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has further publicized the following:  “According to the Department of Homeland Security’s longstanding policy, enforcement actions by immigration officials such as ICE or border patrol to apprehend, arrest, interview, or search an individual, or to surveil an individual for enforcement purposes should not take place at sensitive locations such as schools. . . .

Immigration enforcement actions may only take place at a school when (a) prior approval is obtained from an appropriate supervisory official, or (b) there are exigent circumstances necessitating immediate action without supervisor approval. Therefore, absent highly unusual circumstances, under current policy immigrant families should not fear encountering immigration officials engaging in raids at schools.”

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Patrol in place (PIP)

Parole in place (PIP)is a unique program for certain undocumented family members of U.S. military personnel (active or veterans). It allows those non-citizen family members who are in the U.S. unlawfully to apply for a green card, without having to leave the country.