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Know Your Rights: Protecting Our Immigrant Students and Families

September 15, 2017 by Jason Sholl 0 comments


We collected the latest information from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, a trusted advocate for immigrants around the country. We produced a 14-minute video that covers a variety of important topics: AB 60 Driver's Licenses, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Naturalization, Legal Self-Defense, Know Your Rights Red Cards, and ICE in schools.

Know Your Rights Resources

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration formally announced that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while also leaving Congress a six-month window to possibly save the policy. DACA is a program established by President Barack Obama in 2012 that grants a form of temporary protection from deportation known as "deferred action" to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16, have resided here since June 2007, and meet other requirements.

Under the plan, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration will stop considering new applications for legal status dated after today, but will allow any DACA recipients with a permit set to expire before March 5, 2018, the opportunity to apply for a two-year renewal by October 5. Individuals whose permits expire on March 6 or later will begin to lose their protections and work permits as soon as they expire, putting them at risk of deportation.

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The program has nearly 800,000 participants, 240,000 of whom live in California and 15,000 in Santa Clara County, according to 2016 data from the Migration Policy Institute. The program’s goal is to allow young people -- many of whom have lived the majority of their lives in the U.S. -- to contribute to their communities without living in fear of being deported.

We want to ensure our students and their families know their rights, and that we are here to support each and every one of you. Metropolitan Education District will continue to post resources as we receive them.

Know Your Rights Resources

Please note: if you are looking for assistance with your personal immigration case, please consult a licensed attorney who is an expert in immigration law or a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative.


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Metropolitan Education District
Phone: (408) 723-4245