Know Your Rights

Protecting Our Immigrant Students and Families

Welcome to KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, presented by Metropolitan Education District. We collected the latest information from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, a trusted advocate for immigrants around the country.


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.


September 5, 2017 Update:

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.

DACA ILRC updateUnder 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.

Nationally, over 750,000 young people have received deportation relief and work permits through DACA.  According the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, more than 200,000 DACA recipients live in California.  California is the state with the largest number of DACA recipients.  According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are 24,000 DACA recipients in Santa Clara County.

According to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), the Trump Administration’s announcement means that, as of September 5, 2017:

  • USCIS will continue to process all pending INITIAL applications ACCEPTED as of September 5, 2017.
  • USCIS will reject all other new INITIAL applications.
  • USCIS will continue to process all pending RENEWAL applications that have already been filed.
  • USCIS will continue to accept and process RENEWAL applications until October 5, 2017 from applicants whose DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.
  • USCIS will reject all INITIAL and RENEWAL applications received after October 5, 2017.

IILRC also states that individuals with a current, unexpired grant of DACA will continue to hold DACA until their permit expires. USCIS has stated that it will not refer DACA recipients and applicants to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation unless they meet USCIS’ Notice to Appear guidance or post a risk to national security or public safety. Applicants with currently pending and processing applications should attend biometrics appointments and respond to any requests for additional evidence they receive from USCIS.

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. Please review the resources on this page to better serve you and the needs of your family. Metropolitan Education District will continue to post resources as we receive them to this webpage.

How to Help: Santa Clara County Creates a Fund to Help DACA Recipients Renew

The County of Santa Clara has teamed up with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to set up a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Emergency Fund. The fund will assist DACA recipients in the County of Santa Clara who are eligible to submit DACA renewal requests by the October 5, 2017, deadline.

The County of Santa Clara encourages members of the public to make online contributions to the fund to assist DACA recipients who need financial help to afford the renewal application fees. It is estimated that 1,740 DACA recipients in Santa Clara County are eligible to submit renewal requests under the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines.

DACA renewal application fees are $495 per individual. For some people, this is a significant financial barrier. To help DACA recipients submit their renewal requests on time, please consider contributing to fully or partly cover the $495 renewal application fees. Contributions can be made online here: https://www.siliconvalleycf.org/sccdacafund


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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.