Relevant Information for Undocumented Immigrants
Source: Cecilia Torres 2017
Know Your Rights from ACLU Session
- What if ICE comes on campus?
- S&S has protocol, basically if they have a warrant signed by a JUDGE they must comply
- ICE cannot step on private campus property? (dorms for sure, maybe classrooms)
- If ICE agents are at your door?
- Ask for further identification (Are they immigration agents or ICE?), and ask what they are here for
- Ask if they have a warrant signed by a JUDGE, a warrant signed by another immigration agent is not enough!
- If it is not signed by a judge you have the right to say “I do not consent to your entry”
- If they force their way in then you can say ““I do not consent to your entry or to your search of these premises. I am exercising my right to remain silent. I wish to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.”
- Do not provide any false documents, do not sign anything until you speak with a lawyer
- Do not provide information about yourself or loved ones, DO NOT LIE
If you are stopped in your car...
- If you’re the driver
- Must provide license and registration
- You have the right to remain silent and to refuse the search of your car
- If you’re a passenger
- Stay inside the car, no sudden moves
- Provide correct name and address if asked
- You do NOT have to provide identification
- You have the right to remain silent and the right to leave if you are not under arrest
- Ask if you are free to go
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Renewable permission to work and deferred action from deportation on a two-year basis
- Several requirements:
- Entered the US before the age of 16 and demonstrates continuous residence since June 15, 2007.
- Were under the age of 31 on June 25, 2012
- Have a high school diploma (or GED), attend school, or have been honorably discharged from the military
- Have not convicted a felony or serious misdemeanors (or 3 or more misdemeanors)
- Current DACA Status:
- September 5, 2017: Announcement of repeal
- March 5th was the original deadline to apply but the courts have refused to hear the case
- Students on DACA are encouraged to renew DACA, but new applicants cannot apply
- Dartmouth is offering funds to cover renewal fees - email CoFIRED, OVIS, or Student Affairs
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Temporary status given to eligible nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States.
- Haiti, El Salvador, Syria, Nepal, Honduras, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Nicaragua; and South Sudan
- Establish continuous residence in the US
- Is not subject to criminal, security related, or other bars
- Applied within a specific time period
- January 2018 - US announced that El Salvador’s status would be discontinued in September 2019
- Haiti’s status has also been terminated, and will be discontinued in July 2019
- How do conversations around DACA differ from those of TPS?
DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act)
- Originally proposed in 2001 but was not supported
- Would grant conditional residency for qualifying minors, which upon meeting further qualifications could lead to permanent residency
- In order to achieve residency a minor would have to attend higher institution or serve in the military
- Several Iterations of the DREAM Act have been attempted
- In July 2011, the state of California passed the California DREAM Act, which gave undocumented college students access to private scholarships
Action at Dartmouth
- CoFIRED’s Current Goals
- $0 Student Contribution/No Loans
- Without the work permits provided by DACA undocumented students cannot work
- Alternative transportation
- Border patrol has been spotted on Greyhound buses asking for documentation.
- Multiple reports of checkpoints on interstate 89 and 91 in New Hampshire and Vermont since these highways fall within the 100 mile perimeter near an international border
- Dean for Undocumented Students
- Information and knowledge about undocumented issues are spread out and it is difficult to access that information
- $0 Student Contribution/No Loans