Prepared in advance of the expected 2020 SCOTUS DACA decision
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy sometime between now and the end of June. The decision will impact thousands of California Community College students and their families. In an effort to prepare consistent messaging in advance, this document provides suggested talking points, social media messaging, sample statements, key data and links to resources and more on DACA.
Preparing for a Decision:
Below are two helpful primers. One on how the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on DACA and one on collaborative litigation efforts out of California to defend DACA.
- Decision Scenarios from the National Immigration Law Center
- Overview of DACA Litigation from California
- Continue to encourage your DACAmented community on campus to renew their DACA until we hear otherwise from the Supreme Court. The Department of Social Services has a list of providers that can assist with paperwork and filing fees.
- Campus leaders should send a communication out to all students and staff reassuring undocumented students are welcome on campus. Communication should go out before the DACA decision if possible to ensure students read this information before they need to process the DACA decision implications.
- Formalize or develop an Undocumented Student Taskforce on your campus.
- Many Dream Center Coordinators might also be affected by the DACA decision. We encourage administrators to reach out to campus allies to reassure them that you stand with them. Also, let them know that administration is ready to support them and students if the coordinator needs to take time off to process this life-changing decision.
- Coordinate events for students, faculty, staff, and allies so they can come together as a community: healing circles, UndocuTalks, DACA updates.
- Encourage students to seek out legal services. If your college is not providing legal services, the Department of Social Services has a list of free/low cost legal service providers.
- Have crisis counselors that are culturally competent available to help undocumented students process the events.
- Develop a resource or a list of Mental Health providers available at your campus or in your community.
- Collaborate with your Financial Aid officers to develop an undocumented student resource webinar.
- Los Rios College Federation of Teachers (LRCFT) announced the signing of two important Memorandums of Understanding that put into place some protection for immigrant workers and families. Any questions regarding the MOUs can be directed to Dr. Belinda Lum at email@example.com.
- The following highlight ideas for students that colleges can continue to explore regardless of the DACA decision.
Call to Action:
|Contact your Elected Officials||Email to Congressional Representatives|
|Contact Campus Leaders||Draft email to send to College Leadership urging them to support current Dream Centers or the creation of one|
California Statewide Action for DACA:
Save the date! Responding to the Supreme Court's decision on DACA to support and stand in solidarity with DACA recipients!
Where you can find an action on the day of the decision:
San Jose at 5 PM; Fresno at 5 PM; San Bernardino at 12 PM; Sacramento at 5 PM; Grass Valley at 5 PM; San Francisco at 5 PM; Oakland at 5 PM.
To participate and organize and action in your city, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Message Points:
President Trump’s decision to end DACA not only pulled the rug out from under Dreamers, it ran contrary to our American values of embracing diversity and ensuring opportunity for everyone who works hard and plays by the rules.
Multiple lower courts recognized the harm the President would have caused to communities across the country when they deemed his reckless decision illegal.
DACA protects hundreds of thousands of hardworking people – including innovators at top companies, nurses and doctors supporting the health of our communities, and teachers educating our children. Many of these hardworking people are currently serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and many are CCC alumni or students.
Dreamers are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19; they are essential workers in our hospitals, grocery stores, fields, supply chains, and so much more. Despite the uncertainty, they’re still giving back to the only country many of them have ever called home.
The President and his allies have been given every opportunity to make a responsible decision about the future of DACA; instead, they failed to act on legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to create a pathway to citizenship and defended their flawed and heartless decision all the way up to the Supreme Court.
We met this challenge every step of the way and we’re not going to back down now. This fight has, once again, shown how urgent it is that we find a permanent fix.
The California Community Colleges, alongside many concerned partners (from non-profit groups and unions, to top companies and universities), remains committed to fighting for Dreamers and supporting them in any way possible.
Sample Statements from College President:
“This disappointing decision from the Supreme Court will restrict access to higher education for some of the best and brightest potential students in the United States. Our nation has consistently invested in Dreamers and this decision undermines the ability of our nation to fully reap and benefit from these educational investments. My heart goes out to DACA recipients and their families. We will continue to fight for Dreamers and call on Congress to pass permanent protections immediately and on the administration to defer the deportation of current and former DACA recipients.”
“DACA opened up educational pathways for our students and for many others across the country through access to admissions, in-state tuition and financial aid. California Community College DACA recipients contribute to and shape our campus culture and identity. Now, their potential and that of so many others are at risk, even as we need their talents now and hard work today more than ever, particularly for the 200,000 DACA recipients working in critical industries, such as healthcare and STEM fields. We will continue to support these dedicated students and aspiring Americans.
“The dual possibility of job loss and threat of deportation will make it significantly harder for DACA recipients to enter and complete higher education. Concurrently, the loss of DACA introduces questions regarding food insecurity, access to health care, and the ability of individuals to meet their basic needs. At the same time, there are more than 256,000 U.S. citizens who have one or more parent(s) with DACA, and this decision threatens their continued well-being, health and economic security. The end of DACA will have repercussions that will have collateral, non-immigration consequences to our students and their families. We call on Congress to pass permanent protections immediately.”
“We are very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision today. We urge the administration to halt deportations immediately to protect our students with DACA. In the midst of a global pandemic, it is more important than ever that we equip students with the tools they need to contribute to public health efforts. Approximately 29,000 DACA recipients are currently working in healthcare, fighting against COVID-19, and we must support these individuals in this ongoing battle. We ask Congress to pass a permanent fix now.”
Social Media Messaging:
Suggested Hashtags: #DefendDACA, #HomeIsHere, #HereToStay
|We stand with #Dreamers and a coalition of 21 AGs fighting to #DefendDACA, a critical policy that recognizes for nearly 650,000 DACA recipients that #HomeIsHere. We can’t let them down. https://bit.ly/35Gq8HC|
|.@RealDonaldTrump’s efforts to end DACA are heartless and bad for America. We are proud to stand with 21 Attorney Generals fighting for #Dreamers everywhere. Dreamers should be #HereToStay. #DefendDACA. https://bit.ly/35Gq8HC|
|#SCOTUS could rule on #DACA any day. We stand with the hundreds of thousands of #Dreamers who could lose their protections if the Trump Administration is successful. #HomeIsHere #DefendDACA https://bit.ly/35Gq8HC|
| #SCOTUS could rule on #DACA any day. You can find resources online to help make sure you’re prepared. #DefendDACA #HomeIsHere
https://bit.ly/35Gq8HC & https://bit.ly/34CM3iD
|Thousands of #Dreamers are on the front lines of the fight against #COVID19. No matter what #SCOTUS decides, it’s time to act and recognize that for hundreds of thousands of #DACA recipients #HomeIsHere. #DefendDACA https://bit.ly/35Gq8HC|
|Tens of thousands of #Dreamers are providing critical healthcare, as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and more, to communities across the country in the fight against #COVID19. They’re giving back, our country should, too. #HereToStay https://bit.ly/35Gq8HC|
|#Dreamers are on the front lines of the fight against #COVID19 in our hospitals, grocery stores, fields, and supply chains. Despite the uncertainty, they’re still giving back to the only country many of them have ever called home. #DefendDACA https://bit.ly/35Gq8HC|
|At a time when we can least afford it, ending DACA would risk up to $460.3 billion in losses to the American economy over the next decade. Hundreds of top companies agree that ending DACA is bad for business. #DefendDACA #HomeIsHere MORE HERE: https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/businesses- law-enforcement-leaders-healthcare-professionals-academic|
|Law enforcement and prosecutors across the country agree: #DACA is important for public safety. #DefendDACA #HomeIsHere MORE HERE: https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/businesses-law- enforcement-leaders-healthcare-professionals-academic|
- Nearly 1.5 million people share a home with a DACA recipient, including more than 250,000 children born in the United States (Source).
- Currently, there are nearly 650,000 DACA recipients residing across the country. They live in every state, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and on military bases (Source).
- Approximately 29,000 healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, dentists, physician assistants, and pharmacists, rely on DACA protections to be able to provide critical care to communities across the country (Source).
- DACA recipients are part of the front-line response to COVID-19 with roughly one-third working in essential services such as healthcare, transportation, warehousing, supermarkets, manufacturing, waste management, and more (Source).
- Polling consistently shows that DACA enjoys overwhelming popular support (Source).
- Since our coalition secured a preliminary injunction in January of 2018, there have been more than 712,000 DACA renewals (Source).
- DACA recipients and their families pay approximately $5.7 billion in federal taxes and $3.1 billion in state and local taxes — that’s nearly $9 billion that support communities across America (Source).
- The average length of time a DACA recipient has lived in the United States is 20 years (Source).
- Ending DACA would risk up to $460.3 billion in losses to the American economy over the next decade (Source).
- DACA is consistent with dozens of similar policies that have been adopted by almost every administration over the last 60 years (Source).
- The California Community Colleges serves up to 70,000 undocumented students, some of which are DACA recipients.
- Information on the number of DACA recipients in your state is available here.
California Community Colleges Web Resources:
- California Community Colleges Undocumented Students Website
- California Community College Immigration Legal Services
- California Community Colleges Undocumented Students Resource Center
- California Community Colleges Undocumented Students - Policy Updates Website
Campus Safety and Educational Resources:
- Presidents’ Alliance’s Campus Checklist to Prepare for a Supreme Court DACA Decision
- Presidents’ Alliance’s Top 5 FAQs for Public and Private Colleges and Universities
- Informed Immigrant’s Resources for Educators Supporting Undocumented Students and their Families
Undocumented Immigrants and COVID-19 Resources:
- Informed Immigrant’s Resources for Immigrants during the Coronavirus Crisis
- Informed Immigrant’s Guide to DACA Renewals during the Coronavirus Crisis
- I Stand with Dreamers Because – Image for Twitter
- $9 Billion in Federal, State, and Local Taxes At Stake – Image for Twitter, Instagram
- 29,000 Healthcare Workers – Image for Twitter, Instagram
- Nearly 650,000 have renewed DACA – Image for Twitter, Instagram
- Ending DACA Would Risk Up to $460 Billion in Losses – Image for Twitter, Instagram
- DACA Recipients in Every State – GIF
- Amicus Brief Quote Cards for Twitter: 143 U.S. Businesses, 30+ Child Advocacy Orgs, Medical & Child Development Experts, Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Leaders, 19 Colleges and Universities, Former Homeland Security and Immigration Officials, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Videos from Attorney General's Office:
Toolkit compiled with references provided by California Attorney General’s Office, The President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Informed Immigrant and Moving America Forward.