SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The University of California system is responding to the decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals again.
On Tuesday, the UC System sent a letter signed by President Janet Napolitano and all of the university chancellors to community members who are protected by the DACA program with permits that are set to expire between September 2017 to March 2018.
The UC System is standing with DACA recipients and announced its decision to sue the Trump Administration because the decision to end the program "threatens the future of many of our nation’s brightest minds, including thousands who currently attend or have graduated from the University of California."
There are 4,000 DACA holders who are currently studying, working for 10 UC campuses. UC President Napolitano is urging people to renew their permits and seek legal counsel.
"In essence they're Americans. They've lived here their whole lives," said Marisol Alarcon, an immigration attorney.
Alarcon has experienced an influx of clients following the 2016 election and the recent decision to end DACA which would affect nearly 800,000 people.
“They trusted the U.S. government," said Alarcon.
People who are protected by the program have to turn in information about themselves and their families each time they apply for a permit or to renew an existing file.
"There is a fee of $495 so they have to pay that fee to submit the application and pay for biometrics because the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires they need a photo taken and have their fingerprints taken to determine they don't have any criminal issues," said Alarcon.
If your application expires prior to March 3, 2018, you are still eligible to apply for another two years of legal stay in the United States. Applications are due by October 5, 2017.
UC will continue to offer services to our undocumented students, including:
• Continuing to allow California residents who are Dreamers to pay in-state tuition;
• Maintaining eligibility for institutional and State financial aid awards, including loans through the DREAM loan program (although students whose DACA status expires will not be able to continue to use their work-study authorization);
• Offering legal services to our undocumented students;
• Supporting campus-based student service centers; and
• Directing campus police not to contact, detain, question, or arrest individuals based on suspected undocumented status, or to enter agreements to undertake joint efforts to make arrests for federal immigration law violations.