De Anza College is committed to providing education and a safe environment for all students, regardless of their immigration status. While the recent national election has prompted uncertainty and concern about future government polices, De Anza is reaffirming its commitment to treat all students with equity and respect. This page will be updated regularly with information about on-campus programs and other resources for undocumented students.
(Scroll down for more videos, students' stories and facts about young immigrants in Silicon Valley)
On-Campus Speakers and Events
De Anza is hosting several events focused on civil rights and resources for immigrants.
The series started Jan. 31 with a talk by Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant who grew up in Silicon Valley, became a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founded Define American, a nonprofit media and culture group.
Admissions and Records offers information for undocumented students seeking to qualify for in-state tuition under AB540, rather than pay the higher rate for out-of-state residents.
Financial Aid has information on the California Dream Act, which lets AB540 students qualify for state and non-state funded financial help at public colleges.
Outreach has a guide for prospective De Anza students who are undocumented.
EOPS or Extended Opportunities Programs and Services, provides additional assistance for low-income and disadvantaged students.
Statements of Support
Responding to a White House order barring immigrants from certain countries, De Anza President Brian Murphy pledged support to international students and emphasized the college's commitment to inclusion and equity.
In an earlier message, President Murphy cited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call for "vigorous and positive action" as he announced campus events to support undocumented students.
The Board of Governors for California Community Collegesadopted this resolution urging President Trump to preserve DACA and affirming that community colleges will remain safe and welcoming for all students regardless of their immigration status.
In addition, here are two mobile apps designed to help undocumented students find out about college scholarships available to them. Each was developed by an undocumented student who wanted to make the experience easier for their peers.
DREAMer's Roadmap lists scholarships and helps students keep track of application deadlines. It also lets anyone suggest a scholarship that should be added to the database. It's available to download for Apple and Android devices.
DACA Scholars lists scholarships, provides deadline notifications and includes articles about undocumented students and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It's available for Apple and Android devices.
De Anza Student Stories
Manuel: "What's the future going to look like?"
Itzel: "People are afraid right now"
Brenda: "De Anza offers lots of resources ... You feel supported 110 percent"
Some Facts About Undocumented Immigrants
More than one in ten young adults in Silicon Valley are undocumented, according to a new report by the UCLA Labor Center, which estimates they are 14% of the half million people aged 18-32 in this region.
The study found 53 percent of undocumented young adults here are from Mexico, while 16 percent are from India, 5 percent from the Philippines and 5 percent from China.
More than 70 percent of the valley’s undocumented young adults are working, which is slightly higher than the rate for documented or U.S.-born peers.