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Immigrant Information and Resources

Together with colleges and universities across the country, Menlo College is part of the Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a collective effort to improve how colleges and universities address immigration-related matters affecting their campuses. The Alliance supports adoption of best practices on campuses, and works in a unified manner to communicate the need for federal and state policies that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented, and international students.

A Message from the President’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dear Menlo Community:

Today, President Trump ordered an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive action made by President Obama that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to be temporarily shielded from deportation and to obtain renewable work permits.

Since the program began in 2012, about 800,000 individuals have obtained DACA status. To do so, applicants had to meet a number of requirements:

Arrival in the U.S. before the age of 16, and currently at least 15 years old.

Continuous residence in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.

A clean criminal record and background check.

A current student or graduate of high school or GED recipient, or honorably discharged military veteran.

In other words, DACA-eligible immigrants were individuals who had been brought to the U.S. through no choice of their own–their average age of arrival is six years old–and who followed the rules. Some are students here at Menlo College. Many other members of the Menlo community have family members or close friends who are DACA recipients.

The members of the President’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion supports DACA and these immigrants. They grew up here; they followed the rules; they are valuable members of our classrooms and our community. They are Americans in their hearts, in every way except for their legal documents. They are undocumented through no fault of their own, and should not be punished for decisions made by their parents or other adults.

We urge all members of the Menlo Community to learn more about DACA and the immigrants affected by this decision, and to do what they can to support them at this time. One great resource is https://unitedwedream.org/.

There are many ways that all of us can help. Get informed. Talk to your friends and family about the issue. Contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to take action.

Melissa Michelson, Chair
Kaniela Aiona
Erik Bakke
Kalea Gabriel
Terri Givens
Braxton Liddell
Andrea Peeters
Lakiba Pittman
Sydney Richardson-Gorski
Jaagriti Sharma
Linda Smith
Jessica Soliai
Manish Tewari

DACA Resources Available from UC Berkeley

Recent DACA News

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