An Informational Session provides a brief overview of the Dreamers landscape, and is not meant as a substitute for our Ally Training. An informational session lasts about one hour and is designed to create familiarity with the issues our students face.
If you are interested in an information session, please fill out the request below.
Since 2013, the state of Oregon has allowed undocumented immigrant students with established Oregon roots to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. The number of such students at UO is growing, as are the challenges these students face in the current political climate. Ensuring their safety and success is a core part of our academic mission.
The DWG has conducted three Ally Trainings this Academic Year. Participants were able to:
- Explore the unique challenges facing students at the University of Oregon whose immigrant legal status is precarious or unresolved, or who fear for immediate family members in such a status
- Review the basic laws and policies affecting these students
- Learn about appropriate referral resources
- Learn what you should do if immigration enforcement come to campus
- Receive guidance on how to effectively support Dreamers and identify one or more positive changes that you and your unit start working on right now
After completing the entire four-hour training, participants have the opportunity to sign a pledge of confidentiality and support, and receive a decal and pin designating them official “Dreamer Allies.” The DWG is planning more Ally Trainings for Academic Year 2018-2019.
Best Practices for Educators & Additional Educator Resources
With news swirling over the past few days about threats to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, we’d like to share some resources to help you follow the latest news and engage in urgent advocacy efforts to #DefendDACA.
We’ve also included information about how you can take care of your well-being and prepare during these uncertain times.
- Best Practices for Educators
- Stress Related to Immigration Status in Students: A Brief Guide For Schools
- NILC Mental Health and Civil Rights Resources
- Responding to Everyday Bigotry
- DRC Resources for Educators
- Educators for Fair Consideration
- CNN: US immigration: DACA and Dreamers explained
- Brookings Institute: Immigration Facts: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Teaching Tolerance: 10 Myths About Immigration
- NYT: “Story Wall” featuring stories of several DREAMers
- Harvard: Best Practices for Supporting Undocumented K-12 learners
- NEA: Resources for educators supporting dreamers
Definitions and Terms regarding DACA
U.S. Citizenship: Obtained by birth (jus soli, which is contained in the 14th Amendment), or by naturalization (legal process to obtain citizenship administered through USCIS). Some in the U.S. are currently arguing to do away with “birthright” citizenship
Legal Permanent Resident (LPR): Obtained through family, employment, refugee, VAWA, or asylum status. You can live and work in the United States, travel, and be protected by all laws of the United States. LPR status is granted for 10 years; it is renewable and LPRs can apply for citizenship after continuous residence in the United States for 5 years. ALPR holds a “green card.”
H1B visa: non immigrant employment-based visa. Temporary.
Student visa: an “F-1” visa that permits international students to study in the U.S. (usually valid for 5 yrs. or the duration of their studies). F-1 students may not work off campus their 1st year; after that, they may hold limited types of employment. Must be full-time student, in a course of studies that culminates in a degree or certificate.
OPT program: “Optional Practical Training”: permits F-1 holders to work in employment “directly related to major area of study” during education or immediately afterward. Time limited.
Asylum: Status is granted to applicants already residing in the United States who can prove they have suffered persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Those with asylum can work lawfully, travel, and adjust status to LPR after one year of having asylum status.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS): Individuals from TPS-designated countries can apply for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, when the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.TPS allows people to apply for employment authorization during the time they hold TPS. TPS is not a legal status and therefore they cannot adjust status to lawful legal residence (with few exceptions), nor can they travel internationally.
DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, implemented by President Obama in 2012, protects eligible applicants from deportation and grants work authorization for 2 years (SSN#). Some prefer the term “DACA-mented”.
Undocumented: Status referring to foreign-born people without legal permission to be in country; may have entered country legally (but visa/permit has since expired), may have entered country without legal documents. Human beings are not “illegal.”
Bridge Act: If DACA is repealed, there is a proposal in Congress to extend DACA for those already covered under the program; it is uncertain whether this legislation would pass.
Mixed status families: families where family members have different immigration status. For example, parents may be undocumented, one child may have DACA, younger children may be U.S. citizens.
Undocu-ally: people who have “legal status” (eg: US citizens) but who verbally and in actions take a stance of solidarity with the undocumented community.
Undocu-friendly: This term is used to refer to schools that have systems and practices in place that work with and for undocumented students.