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VP Statement on DACA/Undocumented Students

September 6, 2017 - Dorene DiNaro

Special Message from Vice President Eliseo "Cheo" Torres Regarding DACA 

CheoPresident Trump’s decision to revoke the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) protection will undoubtedly affect many of our fellow Lobos and members of The University of New Mexico and Albuquerque community.  I want to assure you that as the Vice President of Student Affairs, my office and I support DACA/undocumented recipients and are committed to helping them continue their higher education pursuits and dreams.

We join our professional affiliations, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and our New Mexico Congressional Delegation in our commitment to actively support the protection and defense of undocumented immigrants’ rights.  We also join the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico (ASUNM) in support of their the passage of Joint Resolution 1F (attached) declaring that UNM upholds its duty to ensure DACA/undocumented students receive the equal protections of the law as enshrined in the New Mexico Constitution.  This resolution will be forwarded to President Trump and our New Mexico delegation in Washington. 

 I know that this decision has caused much uncertainty, fear, and confusion for these students and their families, and I encourage our students to use the campus resources available to them including the Student Health and Counseling clinic to talk about their fears and concerns.  I believe that our best course of action right now is to be well-informed on the changing policies through websites like the weareheretostay.org which provided the following five things you need to know about the Trump DACA decision: 

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.

We are united in this fight. 
You are not alone. We mobilized, organized, and marched five years ago for DACA, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect immigrant youth and their families across the country. Visit www.weareheretostay.org for resources to help you and your loved ones take care of yourselves in this difficult time as well as information on what you can do to take action now.

As Lobos, we stand together, and we will always Protect the Pack.