De Anza College is committed to providing education and a safe environment for all students, regardless of their immigration status. While the recent national election has prompted uncertainty and concern about future government polices, De Anza is reaffirming its commitment to treat all students with equity and respect. This page will be updated regularly with information about on-campus programs and other resources for undocumented students.
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Scroll down for more videos, students' stories and facts about young immigrants in Silicon Valley)
On-Campus Speakers and Events
De Anza hosted several recent events that focused on civil rights and resources for immigrants.
The series started Jan. 31 with a talk by Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant who grew up in Silicon Valley, became a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founded Define American, a nonprofit media and culture group.
The ILRC's Kamhi returned to campus Feb. 8 for a practical workshop on legal rights and real-world scenarios for encounters with immigration officials.
Attorneys from the Asian Law Alliance visited the campus on two days, Feb. 13 and 27, to provide free consultations for undocumented students who had questions about their own circumstances or the immigration status of family members.
Coming up: "Build Bridges, Not Walls"
HEFAS will hold its third annual summit on May 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Euphrat Museum of Art. This year's event will feature informational workshops and guest Sarahi E. Salamanca, creator of the DREAMer's Roadmap app. Admission is free but RSVP at http://tiny.cc/buildingbridges2017
Here's a short video of Vargas speaking on campus, Jan. 31:
Advice for Undocumented Students and Families
Here are suggestions from the ILRC's Alison Kamhi:
Make a family plan, including a list of emergency contacts and back-up childcare in case a parent is detained.
Keep a file of important documents. Carry a valid work permit or green card, if you have one. If you’re undocumented, don’t carry papers that show your country of origin.
Consult an immigration attorney about your options, and carry his or her phone number with you. Know your rights if stopped by law enforcement.
Undocumented students are entitled to the same protection from sexual harassment and sexual discrimination that Title IX, a federal law, guarantees to everyone at De Anza.
Statements of Support
Responding to a White House order barring immigrants from certain countries, De Anza President Brian Murphy pledged support to international students and emphasized the college's commitment to inclusion and equity.
In an earlier message, President Murphy cited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call for "vigorous and positive action" as he announced campus events to support undocumented students.
The Board of Governors for California Community Collegesadopted this resolution urging President Trump to preserve DACA and affirming that community colleges will remain safe and welcoming for all students regardless of their immigration status.
In addition, here are two mobile apps designed to help undocumented students find out about college scholarships available to them. Each was developed by an undocumented student who wanted to make the experience easier for their peers.
DREAMer's Roadmap lists scholarships and helps students keep track of application deadlines. It also lets anyone suggest a scholarship that should be added to the database. It's available to download for Apple and Android devices.
DACA Scholars lists scholarships, provides deadline notifications and includes articles about undocumented students and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It's available for Apple and Android devices.
De Anza Student Stories
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Manuel: "What's the future going to look like?"
Itzel: "People are afraid right now"
Brenda: "De Anza offers lots of resources ... You feel supported 110 percent"
Some Facts About Undocumented Immigrants
More than one in ten young adults in Silicon Valley are undocumented, according to a new report by the UCLA Labor Center, which estimates they are 14% of the half million people aged 18-32 in this region.
The study found 53 percent of undocumented young adults here are from Mexico, while 16 percent are from India, 5 percent from the Philippines and 5 percent from China.
More than 70 percent of the valley’s undocumented young adults are working, which is slightly higher than the rate for documented or U.S.-born peers.