DACA/undocumented students and families,

We see you. We support you. You are not alone. Together, we will continue to fight for change to ensure protection, dignity, and opportunity for our immigrant community. In the meantime, here are some resources that we will update on a continual basis so you can stay informed and take care of yourselves. You are not alone, and together we stand in solidarity. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for support or with questions!                                         

- The Opportunity Network team

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QUESTIONS? Call any of these NYC Hotlines

UPCOMING NYC EVENTS

No upcoming events at this time, but check in with the following organizations:

CUNY Dreamers - the first CUNY-wide student-led organization regardless of legal status that represents the needs and aspirations of undocumented students in The City.

The Door - Legal and Immigration Services

Make the Road NYC - Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

DACA REPEAL OVERVIEW

Learn about what the repeal of DACA means for you and your family.

Changes and next steps - The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs summarizes the changes from the September 5th announcement and provides resources for what DACA recipients and community members can do next.

English [PDF] | Arabic | العربية [PDF] | Bengali | বাঙালি [PDF] | Chinese | 中文 [PDF] | French | français [PDF] | Haitian Creole | kreyòl ayisyen [PDF] | Korean | 한국어 [PDF] | Russian | русский [PDF] | Polish | Polski [PDF] | Spanish | Español [PDF] | Urdu | اردو [PDF]

What do I need to know about the end of DACA? Overview about the legal implications for DACA recipients, the renewal process, and social security numbers from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. (Spanish) (Traditional Chinese) (Simplified Chinese)

Top Five Things to Know about Trump’s Announcement to End DACA Quick review of the changes to come for DACA recipients, as of September 5, 2017 (Spanish)

How to Protect Yourself if DACA ends. Adapted from materials from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center by a law office in Colorado.

Webinar by the ILRC includes PowerPoint slides and documents in English and Chinese.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed – help is available.

Call any of the following numbers:

WeAreHereToStay​ ​offers a mental health toolkit with helpful resources, including mindfulness breathing and tips for self-care; they have also compiled a list of mental health resources, including suicide prevention and mental health services.

UndocuHealing​ A project aimed at contribute to a larger movement to return to what is sacred, which is being ushered in by the global collective resistance of people who have historically lived on the margins. This unique way is exemplified by 3 core values: reconciliation, balance, and connection.

Pol[ICE]​ ​in​ ​my​ ​head​ ​Report on the mental health effects Police/ICE collaboration have on Immigrant youth. Black​ ​Immigrant​ ​Network​ ​A national network of people and organizations serving black immigrant and African American communities who are focused on supporting fair and just immigration, as well as economic and social policies that benefit these communities and all communities of color in order to create a more just and equitable society.

La Hora de Lxs Chismosxs Podcast: In this 8th installment, Jesús Iñiguez and Layel Camargo are accompanied by guests Julio Salgado (IG: @juliosalgado83) and Favianna Rodriguez (IG: favianna1) in which they discuss self care in these times of Trump.

OTHER FORMS OF IMMIGRATION RELIEF

Find Out if You are Eligible for any other type of immigration relief, and find nonprofit legal help near you.

Practice Advisory: Screening Potential DACA Requestors for Other Forms of Relief, from the American Immigration Council

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights - Visit their offices at any of the times below for free consultations.

EMPLOYMENT

About DACA and Employment Overview from United We Dream, Advancing Justice, and the National Immigration Law Center on how to navigate employment if/when your work permit expires.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Know your rights if approached by an immigration (ICE) agent as well as how families can best prepare for something happening. This resource provides practical tips for things immigrant families can do now to prepare as well as information on rights everyone has in the United States, regardless of immigration status. (Spanish) (Chinese) (Arabic) (Korean) (Russian) (Vietnamese) (Tagalog)

What to do if you are an immigrant stopped by law enforcement agents - No matter your immigration status, you have rights when you interact with immigration agents or the police. Print and share these cards in your communities: English | (Arabic) العَرَبِيَّة‎ | 中文(简) (Chinese) | Creole  | فارسی (Farsi) | Français (French) | Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) | 한국어 (Korean) | Português (Portuguese) | Soomaali (Somali) | Español (Spanish) | Tagalog | (Urdu) اُردُو‎ | Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)

What to do if ICE agents come to your door Overview of steps to take in this situation and your rights regardless of immigration status. Created by the ACLU.

Poster for Your Home: Poster from the Immigrant Defense Project to hang in the home with a reminder of your rights, what to say, and what to document in case of an ICE (immigration) raid. English | Spanish | French | Simplified Mandarin | Traditional Mandarin | Korean | Tagalog

Emergency Family Planning is a checklist of how to be prepared for an emergency or in case one of your family members might be separated from the home. This guide was developed by the NC Justice Center, but is relevant to families in any state.

If Detained by Police - Website that outlines the rights that all people have, regardless of citizenship status, when detained by the police. Developed by the NJ Justice Center, but relevant for all.

DACA RENEWAL

New applications for DACA renewal are closed as of October 5, 2017.

Eligible for DACA Renewal? Find out using this infographic in English or Spanish from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

Video Tutorial for How to Renew Your DACA: Partners at Legal Services for Children, One Justice and Pro Bono Training Institute created a video explaining how to complete all of the forms needed for a DACA renewal. It is about 45 minutes long and very informative and comprehensive. You can view it here: https://vimeo.com/234907259

NYC Dreamer Loan Fund: New Economy Project launched the NYC DREAMer Loan Fund in 2012 to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants in NYC. The NYC DREAMer Loan Fund will make 0% loans, and a limited number of grants, to support NYC residents applying for DACA renewal, through October 5, 2017.

Mission Asset Fund (MAF) is now providing scholarships for DACA renewals through October 5th across the country. Check out their website, and if you have questions, please email programs@missionassetfund.org. 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION

Make calls: Take a few minutes of your day and/or gather a group of your friends to call congressional offices to put pressure on elected officials to pass the DREAM Act (Senate) or the HOPE Act (House) for permanent protection for Dreamers. Find your representative and your senator, and call their office. If they don’t pick up, leave a message. Consider personalizing the following examples:

  1. If calling a Senator in Congress: “I'm calling to express my support for a clean, standalone, bipartisan DREAM Act and for the thousands of Dreamers who deserve freedom from fear and access to full citizenship. Has the Senator taken a position on the DREAM Act?”
  1. If they’re voting YES: "I’m so glad to hear the senator is supportive. I hope he/she will do everything they can to bring this bill to a vote as soon as possible."
  2. If NO, or they’re voting no: "I urge [SEN NAME] to put their strongest support behind this bipartisan effort to protect the DACA program and the many hundreds of thousands of young people brought to this country as children, who are American in every way but their papers. Thank you."
  1. If calling a Representative in the House: “I'm calling to express my support for the American Hope Act and the thousands of Dreamers who deserve freedom from fear and access to full citizenship. Has the congressman/woman taken a position on the American Hope Act?"
  1. If they’re voting YES: "I’m so glad to hear the congressman/woman is supportive. I hope he/she will do everything they can to bring this bill to a vote as soon as possible."
  2. If NO, or they’re voting no: "I urge [REP NAME] to support this bipartisan effort to protect the DACA program and the many hundreds of thousands of young people brought to this country as children, who are American in every way but their papers. Thank you."

Take to the streets Join events, vigils and other activities to support Dreamers. Check out these examples of pro-migrant art you can create from CultureStrike.

Get on Twitter Send ​tweets to your senators and representatives to pass a clean DREAM Act. Re-tweet about events or activities to support Dreamers so others can join. Share art or retweet the stories of other Dreamers to amplify each other’s voices.

Join a community call to stay up-to-date on changing information and upcoming ways to take action. Calls are organized by United We Dream and Movimiento Cosecha.

Consider sharing your story, or read others and know that you’re not alone. Karla Cornejo Villavencencio, OppNet alum Class of 2011, wrote a powerful NYT piece documenting the physical and emotional toll the uncertain future of DACA and this current administration's hostile policies inflict upon our undocumented and DACA communities. Consider writing or creating art to process your thoughts and questions, or to share and document your story and experiences.

10 Artists on Rescinding DACA: An array of artists with close ties to the border share responses to the DACA decision and the issues at the heart of our national discourse around immigration.

Please email anna@opportunitynetwork.org if you have any additional resources, suggestions, or find an incorrect link. Thank you!