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
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.
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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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
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.
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.
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