UC Statement regarding federal court ruling on DACA; UCLA offers legal help

The following two items address recent news in regards to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

The University of California issued the following statement today (April 25) in response to a federal court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

We are buoyed by the ruling of a third federal judge that the administration broke the law when it tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The ruling of U.S. District Court Judge John Bates, a George W. Bush appointee seated in Washington, D.C., mirrors the January decision in the University of California’s successful suit that unwound the administration’s attempt to rescind DACA, and a similar ruling by a court in New York. All three rulings found the rescission of DACA to be “arbitrary and capricious.”

 

 

We look forward to further defending our case on appeal on behalf of the thousands of DACA recipients who study at UC. These students, and all DACA recipients, must be allowed to continue to legally live, work, learn, and contribute to this country as the Americans they are.  In addition to our efforts in the courts, we continue to urge Congress to pass a law that will provide permanent statutory protection for DACA.

UCLA Advisory Council on Immigration Policy letter:

Dear UCLA Staff and Faculty,

I am pleased to share that the UCLA Advisory Council on Immigration Policy is sponsoring a FREE legal services workshop for current UCLA employees and immediate family members who have questions about their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) cases, and/or need assistance with renewal of employment authorization.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on campus. Free attorneys and immigration legal aid providers will be available for individual intakes and private consultations with UCLA employees or their immediate family members who have DACA, TPS, or DED to assess potential immigration options. Assistance with DACA renewal applications as well as TPS and DED re-registration applications will be available. RSVP online to attend the event.

We recognize that there are many valued employees who may have questions and concerns due to numerous immigration-related proposals and policy changes that have triggered anxiety, confusion, and fear. These policy changes include ending the DACA program and terminating TPS for many countries. Some people with TPS may be eligible to adjust to a more permanent status before TPS expires for their country. The current expiration dates and deadlines for renewals for various countries with TPS can be found on the National Immigration Forum’s Fact Sheet: Temporary Status.

Please also know that there are other on-campus resources to support you. One resource is the confidential UCLA Staff and Faculty Counseling Center, which is available free of charge. If you are a student, you or immediate family members can make an appointment anytime with the Undocumented Student Program and the UC Immigration Legal Service Center at the Bruin Resource Center instead of attending this workshop.

We encourage you to share information about this event with friends and colleagues who are UCLA staff and might benefit from attending this workshop.

Sincerely,

Abel Valenzuela Jr.

Professor and Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Immigration Policy

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