Immigration Legal Services: Tips and Resources to Serve your Immigrant Students

Immigration Legal Services: Tips and Resources to Serve your Immigrant Students

September 21, 2017
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Now more than ever, immigrant communities need our support. Below are suggested actions you can take to inform your immigrant or refugee students about their legal rights and options, as well as a list of trusted legal resources. Thank you for all you do to welcome and support immigrants and refugees in your classrooms, schools, colleges and organizations!

5 Things you can do right now:

1. Share red cards with your clients: All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The ILRC’s Red Cards help people assert their rights and defend themselves in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home.
2. Share DACA renewal infographic with your clients: This infographic, produced by ILRC, is a visual flowchart to help community members and DACA recipients understand if they are eligible to renew their DACA now and what they need to know.
3. Share information about DACA renewal clinics or know your rights workshops with your clients/students or host one at your agency. In our region, clinics and workshops are held by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Catholic Charities of San Mateo County,  SIREN, and International Institutre of the Bay Area, among others.
4. Maintain a list of trusted legal service providers and contact information: search the National Immigration Legal Services Directory or this list of qualified nonprofits that contract with the state to provide immigration-related services to find providers in your geographic area.
5. Sign up to participate in a rapid response network in your area: Rapid Response Networks are organized to respond to calls from community members concerned about immediate ICE actions throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Resources:

Know Your Rights video – ILRC, MetroED
A 14’ video with useful information on: immigration under a Trump presidency, AB60 driver’s licenses, expedited removal, DACA, what immigrant families should do now, citizenship and naturalization

Immigrant Legal Resource Center – A trusted resource for up to date information about immigrant legal rights.

Immigrant Defense Project: A toolkit to prepare and protect our communities

Here to Stay: Mental Health Emergency Toolkit

DACA and employment

DACA and CA Driver’s Licences