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On 6/18/20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to continue. See information below for details on the decision. The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is offering FREE immigration legal services to Chabot students. Click here to schedule an appointment today!  

*DACA Update as of 6/18/20

From the East Bay Community Law Center & the Chabot Dream Center:

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), in partnership with the Chabot College Dream Center, celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court’s momentous ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s attempt to end the DACA program is unlawful. This decision restores the DACA program completely and DACA remains in effect for now. 

  • ​Current DACA recipients continue to be protected from deportation and eligible for benefits under the DACA program, like work authorization.
  • Eligible DACA recipients can continue to apply to renew their DACA for two more years.  Eligible individuals who never had DACA should be able to apply at this time.
  • It is possible Advance Parole may again allow DACA recipients to travel outside the United States and
    return. However, details of this possibility are still unclear, and the potential impact of the COVID-19
    pandemic may limit the ability to travel.

If you are a current student at Chabot College, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) staff can provide you with free immigration legal support. You can schedule an appointment with an immigration legal advocate here. We encourage you to make an appointment to renew your current DACA, or to talk to us about whether you are eligible to apply for DACA for the first time. You may also make an appointment to discuss any other DACA-related or immigration questions you may have.

In the coming days, EBCLC will provide updates on our website. We are still waiting for more information about the reinstatement of the DACA program, and will host a DACA Decision Webinar to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, its impacts, and practical next steps for DACA recipients and undocumented community members going forward. 

For now, we encourage all individuals who may be impacted by this decision to attend the University of California (UC) Immigrant Legal Services Webinar (open to all students and the general public) to learn more about the decision. You do not need to register for this webinar; simply join through this Zoom link. UC Immigration Legal Services will host the webinar on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 19, 5-6 pm 
  • Monday, June 22, 12-1 pm 
  • Tuesday, June 23, 12-1 pm 

For additional information and DACA updates, visit EBCLC, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and the Chabot Dream Center.

While we celebrate today, we know the fight is not over. EBCLC is committed to advocating with and on behalf of undocumented community members, including DACA recipients, in seeking a path toward U.S. citizenship. Now more than ever, EBCLC and the Chabot Dream Center stand with you. 

  


*Public Charge Update as of 03/05/2020

Update from Immigrant Legal Resource Center

WHAT IS PUBLIC CHARGE?

Public charge is a test to determine if someone applying for permanent residence (a “green card”), or for a visa to enter the United States, seems likely to depend on public benefits in the future. If the U.S. government decides that the applicant is likely to become a public charge, the government can deny their green card or visa application.

WHO DOES PUBLIC CHARGE AFFECT?

Public charge affects people who are applying for permanent residence through a U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative petition, or who are applying for a visa to enter the United States. Other immigration cases, like asylum, U visas, naturalization, and cancellation in court are not affected!

WHO IS NOT AFFECTED BY PUBLIC CHARGE?

Many immigrants do not have to worry about public charge because there is no public charge test for the immigration status for which they are applying. For example, these people are not subject to a public charge test:

  • Refugees and asylees
  • People with a U Visa, T Visa, VAWA, or SIJS
  • DACA and TPS applicants
  • The majority of permanent residents
  • U.S. Citizens

Also remember that if a person is not currently applying for any immigration status, they are not affected by public charge. The public charge test only matters when a person submits an application for an immigration benefit (and even then, only certain applications—most commonly, an application for a green card through a U.S. citizen or permanent resident family member). Most immigrants do not need to worry about public charge. If you are ready to become a permanent resident, consult with an immigration expert

SHOULD UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WORRY ABOUT PUBLIC CHARGE?

It depends. If a person is not eligible to apply for a green card through a family member, then public charge is not an issue. For many, the need for health care, food support, and housing will far outweigh a public charge concern. If a person has a family member who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and thinks they might be eligible to apply for a green card through that family member, the person should talk to an immigration expert.

WHEN DID THE NEW PUBLIC CHARGE RULES TAKE EFFECT?

The new DHS rule took effect for applications filed in the United States on February 24, 2020. This rule does not apply to applications to get a green card in the United States that were filed before February 24. The new rule does not consider any public benefits used before February 24, 2020.

The new DOS rule, for people applying for permanent residence through a relative at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad or for a visa to enter the country, took effect on February 24, 2020. People whose cases are processed at a consulate or embassy abroad who have interviews on or after February 24, 2020 may be asked to complete a new public charge questionnaire form and will be evaluated under the new DOS rule.

There are several lawsuits against the rule change, and different federal courts are considering whether the new rules are lawful. In the future, the rules could be stopped or changed. But for now, the rules are in effect. It is important to stay informed about public charge, as additional changes may occur.

Please visit the ILRC website for more details regarding this update to the public charge rule. 

 

 

To read the Chabot College statement in support of Dreamer Students, click here.

For additional post-election updates, please check out the resources and links below:

Disclaimer

Please note, the information on this website is general in nature and serves as a guide. Information may be subject to change without notice.  Please consult the resources provided on this website for more information. Immigration laws are complex and subject to change. Please consult with an immigration attorney regarding questions pertaining to immigration and legal status.