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Dream Center and Daca Updates

Friday, July 16: DACA Partially Ended

Judge Andrew Hanen issued a ruling on Friday, July 16th ruling DACA unlawful and has partially ended the DACA program. This ruling is a result of a lawsuit filed in 2018 by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and joined by 9 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

What This Means for DACA Recipients and Applicants:

  • Current DACA cases remain valid: People who currently have DACA keep their DACA protections and work permit.
  • DACA renewals continue: People who have DACA now or had DACA in the past are still eligible to renew their case. Pending renewal applications will be processed. Talk to a legal service provider about renewing.
  • First time DACA applications on hold: No new DACA application will be approved at this time. The decision allows USCIS to receive initial applications but blocks the approval any new DACA cases — therefore anyone with a pending, first-time DACA applications will not be granted at this time.
  • USCIS has cancelled all biometrics appointments for first time applicants. 
  • Department of Homeland Security is expected to release additional information regarding how this ruling will affect its processes. 
  • If you have any questions about your individual case. We encourage you to make an appointment with our legal providers. You can make an appointment here.

This decision is expected to be appealed and there will be additional hearings.

The Dream Center will continue to update as more information is released. If you have any questions, please email our coordinator at vagamara@calpoly.edu

Additional Resources and Information


Top 5 Things You Need to Know About the Texas Case on DACA

Resource by United We Dream about how the court ruling affects DACA beneficiaries.


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 Taking Care of Yourself and Loved Ones

Mental Health Support for Undocumented Immigrants

Resource by United We Dream about how the court ruling affects DACA beneficiaries.


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Immigrants Rising IG Live

Immigrants Rising Instagram Live

Recording of FAQ session. Attorneys and activist address frequently asked questions regarding the new DACA ruling. 


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Webinars and Information Sessions

Analysis of the DACA Texas Ruling (Recording)

On Wednesday, July 28th, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Foundation for California Community Colleges, California State University Chancellor’s Office, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) hosted an informational webinar. The webinar included a legal analysis of the Texas decision; what it means for the future of DACA; the practical impacts of the decision on current DACA recipients, DACA-eligible students, and campuses; its implications for the ongoing negotiations in Congress regarding a roadmap to citizenship; the response of and next steps for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and the opportunities and urgency for advocacy by higher education leaders and communities.

Zoom link: HERE

PPT slides: HERE


Immigrant Legal Defense Webinar

ILD will provide the latest update on DACA for DACA recipients and those applying for the first time.  

Date: Friday, July 23, 20201 at 12pm 

Zoom link: https://bit.ly/UpdateonDACA 


Friday, December 4: DACA UPDATE

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis issued a ruling on Friday, December 4th that rescinds the Wolf Memo and orders to restore DACA.

What This Means:

  1. Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis ordered the Department of Homeland Security to post a public notice by Monday to accept first-time applications and ensure that work permits are valid for two years.
  2. Advance parole is available to DACA recipients again without restrictions
  3. Initial DACA applications and renewal applications requests will be accepted
  4. 1-year DACA protections and work permits will be extended to 2 years
  5. USCIS is required to update its website to reflect these changes by Monday

This decision is subject to appeal and there will be additional hearings. The Dream Center will continue to update as more information is released. If you have any questions, please email our coordinator at vagamara@calpoly.edu

Upcoming Informational Webinars

Post-Election Analysis Webinar — Wednesday, December 9, 12pm - 1:30pm

In collaboration with the California Community Colleges and the Immigrant Resource Center (ILRC), attorneys from the ILRC will be presenting an informational webinar: Post-election analysis & legal services on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 12 - 1:30PM.

The ILRC will provide an analysis of the impact of the election on immigration issues, information on what we might expect in the coming year, and resources for more help and information.

Following the presentation from the ILRC, the Foundation from California Community Colleges and the CSU Office of the Chancellor will share how to access the free immigration legal services are available to students, staff and faculty. 

To register for the webinar click here

DACA: Updates & Applying for the First Time — Friday, December 11, 12pm 

Join attorneys at Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD) to hear an update on the DACA program (including DACA renewals and advance parole) and learn about the documentation individuals will need to apply for DACA for the first time.

Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12 pm

Meeting ID: 818 0456 8008

Passcode: 180428

Register for the event by clicking here


Previous Updates: June 18th, 2020 | SCOTUS DACA Decision

To our Community,

The Dream Center asserts that our DACA and Undocumented students, faculty and staff are a valued and integral part of our Cal Poly community. We see you. We hear you. We stand with you. The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court states that Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end DACA was “arbitrary and capricious”. We are currently waiting on legal analysis of the decision and will have more information about what this means exactly for DACA recipients and the future of the DACA program as soon as possible. The decision is a judicial win, but it is not a permanent answer for DACA or undocumented people. In other words, the fight is not over. The Dream center will continue working to provide increased paid fellowship and research opportunities for students in an effort continue working towards creating an inclusive campus for our undocumented community.

It is important that we remain clear on the fact that DACA status is not connected in any way to admission, enrollment, or qualification for financial aid via the California Dream Act. California’s in-state tuition policy which provides qualified undocumented students with in-state tuition and access to state-funded financial aid is not impacted.

The Dream Center is here to reaffirm to our undocumented, DACAmented, Mixed status community that we are committed to ensuring your success at Cal Poly. We are working in conjunction with the university-wide efforts to ensure our campus supports our undocumented and DACAmented community holistically.

Currently, direct immigration legal services are available free of charge. Attorneys are available to assist with general consultations, DACA renewals, and more. Immigrant rising is holding a virtual “Beyond DACA Gathering” today 06/18/2020 at 5:30pm to provide more information about the Supreme Court decision. Experienced community members will guide conversations about the implications of the DACA decision, long-term immigration options, and maintaining mental and emotional well-being. 

Immigrants Legal Defense Attorneys will also be holding a webinar tomorrow 06/29/2020 at 1:00pm to provide more information and answer any questions.


Cal Poly Legal Clinic Times

Appointments below as well as the webinar are available to students, staff, faculty and family members of the Cal Poly community.  We have two appointments available per each half hour slot, which is 20 slots per clinic day.  Register here.

Counseling services are available virtually for Cal Poly students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 805-756-2511. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential counseling services to all Cal Poly employees and their families. Please call their 24-hour support hotline at 800-367-7474. 

The Dream Center is here to support you. Please reach out to dreamcenter@calpoly.edu or an ally via https://dreamcenter.calpoly.edu/contact-us.


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