Office of the President

PUC President's statement on DACA

Dear college family,

I know I’m not alone in saying I’m deeply disappointed by the Trump Administration’s plans to rescind the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This decision affects many members of the Pacific Union College community. As an educator and president of a Seventh-day Adventist college, I stand behind our commitment to all students, regardless of the journey they have taken to join us at Pacific Union College.

With approximately 800,000 young people directly involved, we must remember they are outstanding students, leaders in our communities, and some are members of our college family. They are part of our American—and Pioneer—families and we are a better nation because of them. As we embark on a new school year, we pledge to remain respectful, truly welcoming, and supportive of our diverse student body.

PUC remains committed to supporting DACA/undocumented students in their higher education pursuits and dreams. We join higher education leaders and professional affiliations across the country, such as the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of Independent California Colleges (AICCU), the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and our California congressional delegation, in our commitment to actively support the protection of undocumented immigrants’ rights (see statements below). We strongly encourage and support congressional action that provides these young people a permanent solution so they may continue to legally study and work in the United States.

If you are a Dreamer, we want you to know your current standing as a student at PUC has not changed. You can be assured of our support as you continue to pursue your dreams–the American dream–to obtain an education and build a better future for you and your families. I encourage you to use the available campus resources, including the PUC Career & Counseling Center, to talk about your fears and concerns.

As PUC adheres to federal and state laws regarding immigration, rest assured our campus will remain a welcoming and supportive environment where you can safely pursue your educational goals as Congress takes up this issue. I encourage you to continue your arrangements to join us for the beginning of our new school year in just a few days.

The best course of action right now is to be well-informed on the changing policies and resources available to you. On Wednesday, September 13, the California Assembly Speaker and Senate President announced a total of $30 million in state funds for DACA recipients. There is also $20 million for One California, the state program that funds non-profit immigrant legal centers across the state. Students can access services through the program’s grantees. This link provides a list of current grantees who offer services.

Should you have specific questions about DACA and the implications for its ending, more information is available at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website at dhs.gov. On campus, please contact Nancy Jacobo, director of the Teaching and Learning Center, at njacobo@puc.edu or (707) 965-7681.

We continue to keep each and every one of our students in our prayers, and ask for God’s guidance during this difficult time. We are in this together. We are all Dreamers.

Sincerely,

Bob Cushman
President

 

Key Things to Know about the Trump Administration DACA decision

You are still permitted to apply, enroll, and attend PUC.

PUC enrollment and financial policies are not based on DACA status and will not be impacted if DACA is repealed. Likewise, state funding available under the California Dream Act is not based on DACA status and will not change.

Your DACA is valid until its expiration date.

DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until its expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

No new DACA applications will be accepted.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer will accept or process first-time applications after September 5, 2017.

DACA issuances and work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018, must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017. 

If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by October 5, 2017.

Advance Parole to travel abroad is no longer available.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for advance parole will not be processed, and DHS will refund any associated fees.

FERPA protects your information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  You can be reassured, Pacific Union College will not provide third parties with the citizenship or immigration status of its students unless a federally-mandated exception applies, or unless the university is directed to provide such information by a court order. For more information about FERPA as it relates to immigration status, visit the FERPA website.

DACA Related Statements

Official Memorandum of Rescission

Statement form the American Council on Education

Statement form the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Statement form the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities