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AB 540 / Dreamers / DACA - News

​​​​​​​​The content on this page will be updated regularly, as the local and national conversations unfold surrounding issues in the interest of AB 540 students, Dreamers, DACA and undocumented students.


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Join us for an afternoon of discussion on how SCC can create and maintain a welcoming & supportive campus environment for undocumented students.  Monday, February 26th from 12:30-1:30pm in Room E-307.  Lunch will be provided.


SCC's First Year Support Center is hosting "I Support the Dream!" on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 11:00am in room E-307.  Students will be joined by members of SCC's AB 540 Advisory Group, faculty, administrators, and staff - calling our congressional representatives in support of DACA recipients, and as part of the college's efforts during DACA Advocacy Week: October 16 - 20, 2017.  Please join us in E-307 and lend your voice of support! 

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Today Mission Asset Fund, a San Francisco-based nonprofit with a long history of supporting Dreamers, along with generous support from the Weingart Foundation, announced it is now providing $495 scholarships so DACA recipients can safely renew their status. Any individual whose DACA status is set to expire between now and March 5, 2018 may still apply for renewal. The application deadline for these renewals is Oct. 5. Dreamers can apply for the scholarship at and receive a check made out to the Department of Homeland Security within 48 hours. These grants are available to community college, California State University and University of California students. If you are eligible to renew your DACA status before the October 5th cutoff date, please visit for more details.


Earlier this week, California Legislative Leadership and Governor Brown announced a deal to provide $30 million to support California’s undocumented immigrants. The proposal provides $20 million in additional funding for immigration legal services under the One California program, and an additional $10 million in financial aid for Dreamers in the California Community Colleges, California State University and University of California systems. CSU will receive $2 million and UC will receive $1 million to support the existing Dream Loan Program. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office will receive $7 million. This funding will be made available to local colleges so that they can provide emergency financial aid resources to students affected by President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program. More details will be made available as enabling legislation and guidance becomes available.  To read the full address from the CCCCO, please click here.


The Trump administration has announced today that it will be ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  It has stated that a 6-month phase-out period is expected.  New applications for DACA will be rejected.  Here is the administration's public statement regarding that decision, being made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

The Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCCD) Chancellor, and Presidents from both Santiago Canyon College and Santa Ana College, have released a joint statement in support of DACA recipients with important legal details pertaining to DACA being rescinded - click here to review that statement.

For those students who are DACA recipients, or those that know someone who is directly impacted by the Trump administration's decision today, we encourage you to learn more about the important details currently developing regarding the end of this program, the 6-month phase-out period, and Know Your Rights - please visit our "DACA Rescinded - Now What?" web page for this important information.


State Leaders encourage California DREAMers to Apply for Financial Aid: Click here to learn more.
And be sure to watch the California Dream Act "Follow Your Dreams" video by clicking below.

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With the increased threat of deportation weighing heavily on the minds and hearts of DREAMers, DACA and undocumented students, we invite you to review the ACLU Deportation Preparedness Kit: What to Do, Who to Call, How to Safeguard Your Family.  Click here to access the ACLU Deportation Preparedness Kit.


Looking for a FREE scholarship resource specifically tailored to the needs of DREAMers, AB 540 and DACA students?  Check out the DREAMer's RoadMap App!  Want more information?  Click here to watch a brief tutorial on YouTube. 


On Friday, March 17th, 2017, SCC held an AB 540 Ally Champion Training - bringing together key representatives from SCC and OEC to hear from Dr. Elena Macias (CSU Long Beach), an incredible leading voice in the support of AB 540, DREAMers, and DACA students.


In response to recent increased activity related to immigration enforcement, detention and deportation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California ​has released the following resource as a quick reference for families: "Know Your Rights: ICE Agents at Your Door" - Click title to read more.

On March 10th from 12:00-1:30pm PST, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) will be holding a free webinar entitled "Know Your Rights and Options: A Webinar for Community College and Adult School Students."  Register here:


The American Council on Education has developed a comprehensive "Immigration Post-Election Q&A - DACA Students, "Sanctuary Campuses," and Institutional or Community Assistance" resource guide designed to explain and address in detail what may happen if the President-elect were to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, implications for current DACA students, and important steps school administrators, faculty, counselors and staff can take to serve as advocates for undocumented members of our community during this time of uncertainty.  To read the full report, click


​​Leadership within the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community College systems came together and published a joint letter addressed to President-elect Donald J. Trump, urging him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Read the full letter by clicking on the image below: