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Resources for Undocumented Students

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.

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Scroll down for more videos, students' stories and facts about immigrants in Silicon Valley.

Latest News

  • DREAMers to stay in U.S. for now, but long-term fate is uncertain: Read the New York Times report on the Trump administration's current stance.

  • Five years in, what's next for DACA? Read this report from National Public Radio.

  • This is what's going on with DAPA and DACA: Watch the Washington Post video.

  • "If we are deported, who benefits?" Read Jessica Colotl's story in Politico.

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Advice for Undocumented Students and Families

Here are suggestions from attorney Alison Kamhi of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center:

  • Make a family plan, including a list of emergency contacts and back-up childcare in case a parent is detained.

  • Keep a file of important documents. Carry a valid work permit or green card, if you have one. If you’re undocumented, don’t carry papers that show your country of origin.

  • Consult an immigration attorney about your options, and carry his or her phone number with you. Know your rights if stopped by law enforcement.

The ILRC has more information online, including updated advice about DACA, legal rights if you’re stopped or questioned, and special information for LGBTQ immigrants. The center also has a general resources page and a handbook for immigrant youth.

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Help with Scholarships and Financial Aid

The California Dream Act allows undocumented students to apply for and receive state financial aid. More information is available from De Anza's Financial Aid office and from the California Student Aid Commission.

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.

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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.

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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.



Congratulations to De Anza students Itzel and Brenda for earning $25,000 scholarships from TheDream.US !

De Anza Student Stories

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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.

Sources: UCLA Labor Center

On-Campus Speakers and Events

De Anza has hosted several events in Winter and Spring 2017 that 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.
  • Later the same day, attorney Alison Kamhi from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center spoke about federal immigration policy under the Trump administration.
  • The ILRC's Kamhi returned to campus Feb. 8 for a practical workshop on legal rights and real-world scenarios for encounters with immigration officials.
  • Attorneys from the Asian Law Alliance visited the campus on two days, Feb. 13 and 27, to provide free consultations for undocumented students who had questions about their own circumstances or the immigration status of family members.

On May 5, HEFAS hosted its annual summit conference for students at De Anza and neighboring schools. The program, entitled "Build Bridges, Not Walls," included informational workshops about immigration law and policy, artwork and discussions about the experience of being undocumented. The featured speaker was Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, creator of the DREAMer's Roadmap app. She is a former undocumented student who was named a Champion of Change at the White House in 2014.

Here's a short video of Vargas speaking on campus, Jan. 31:



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Last Updated: 8/15/17