Dear ACC Community,
I recognize and understand that many of you may be experiencing anxiety and uncertainty regarding reports that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be eliminated. This news is both disappointing and disconcerting, as ACC students have been positive contributors to our college and communities. In his announcement today, the President has given Congress until March 5, 2018, to pass legislation for replacing the program. It is our hope that members of Congress will come together to create legislation that will preserve DACA and the Dream for so many students, their families, and friends.
In the meantime, please know that ACC is committed to being an inclusive, open access, and welcoming college for all who have a desire to learn. As such, we have resources available to assist students and employees during this difficult and uncertain time.
For students, the Student Life staff is accessible to address questions and refer you to helpful resources. Links to online resources also are listed below. Additionally, Counseling services are available through the Student Life office to help you process through the anxiety and fear you may be experiencing.
Employees, should you see students experiencing difficulty, please reach out and refer them to the Student Life office and/or the online resources below. Employees in need of assistance should contact the ACC Human Resources office to connect with options for resources. Additionally, members of ACC’s College Diversity and Inclusivity Project are available should employees feel the need to reach out to them.
In our efforts to keep students and employees informed, members of the College Diversity and Inclusivity Project have identified these helpful online resources for addressing questions regarding DACA:
- The Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Specifically, the document entitled “What Do I Need to Know if the DACA Program Ends” which includes information on how changes to DACA can and cannot affect work permits, social security numbers, and driver’s licenses; in additional there is a “Know Your Rights” card applicable to both documented and undocumented persons.
- This document is also available in Spanish and in Chinese
- Immigration Law Help
- This is a list of organizations across Colorado dedicated to legal assistance for immigrants.
- Littleton Immigrant Resource Center at Bemis Library
- This is a local, Littleton based, resource center focused on helping immigrants connect to community resources.
- Colorado ASSET, a state-level version of DACA
- This site explains the differences between Colorado’s ASSET program and DACA.
ACC has always been a college that draws it strength from its people. Together we can help each other grow, thrive, and be successful.
Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D.