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Undocumented: Updates

This guide provides recommended resources for research and services related to undocumented students.

Undocumented Student Action Week, 10/19 - 10/24

This year we are hosting the 4th Annual Undocumented Student Week of Action (USWOA).

The week kicks off on Wednesday October 14 and continues with events throughout the week of October 19-23.

Please note that some of the events are being hosted by the Chancellor’s Office and some are specific to our SBCC community.

For details and information on how to participate in the week’s events, visit the SBCC Resources for Dreamers and Undocumented Students webpage.

Additionally, visit the Community College League of California’s webpage for advocacy and support resources.

Immigration Enforcement Activities: What to Do, Who to Call - 1/31/20 Faculty Workshop

News from Calfornia's Community Colleges and Beyond

  • 7/13/2019
    Dear Colleagues,

    As many of you are likely aware, the federal government has announced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin conducting immigration raids this Sunday, July 14, 2019. It is unclear how long this operation will last or how widespread these raids will be. While news reports have indicated that these raids will be focused on ten major cities around the nation, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, it would nevertheless be prudent for the entire California Community College system to be aware of and prepared for these raids. This is especially true given news reports indicating that ICE would also conduct what they term “collateral” deportations of persons not officially targeted, but who happen to be on the scene of a raid.

    I want to take this opportunity to remind you that the Board of Governors and the Chancellor’s Office is committed to the safety and well-being of ALL of our students. To assist you in fulfilling your obligations under State law to safeguard our students to the fullest extent possible, I am again sending Legal Advisory 18-01 (attached hereto) which contains guidance on implementing and complying with the mandates of SB 54 (the California Values Act) and AB 21, commonly referred to as the “sanctuary jurisdiction” legislation. Part A. of the advisory indicates the types of cooperation with federal immigration enforcement authorities that are prohibited as well as those which are permitted. Part B. of the advisory lists the specific actions our institutions must take when dealing with federal immigration authorities to protect our students to the fullest extent possible, while still complying with federal law. AB 54 also mandated the California Attorney General to publish model policies “limiting assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law at public schools….” The Attorney General subsequently published guidance and model policies entitled “Promoting a Safe and Secure Campus for All” which we have also attached hereto for your reference.

    If you have general questions about this legal advisory, you may contact the Office of the General Counsel at the Chancellor’s Office using the contact information indicated in the advisory. In the event that you have specific questions regarding an actual enforcement action taking place on your campus, I urge you to consult with your local legal counsel.

    Finally, as we traverse these difficult times, I want to thank you for ensuring the safety and well-being of all of our students. The Chancellor’s Office’s and the Board of Governors’ are commitment to maintaining safe and welcoming environments across the entire California Community Colleges system, where all students have access to an education free of fear and intimidation.


    Eloy Ortiz Oakley
    Chancellor, California Community Colleges

  • 7/13/2019
    Dear SBCC Students,

    Earlier this week, President Trump announced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would begin conducting immigration raids this Sunday, July 14, 2019. This deeply troubling announcement strikes at the very heart of our mission as a community college – to serve as a welcoming, open-door institution where all students can achieve their educational dreams, regardless of immigration status. With this in mind, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to the mission of Santa Barbara City College and our current practice of serving all students regardless of immigration status:

    As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student . . . Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility, and fosters opportunity for all.

    As a reminder, the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees adopted Resolution No. 17, which reinforces that SBCC “welcomes and supports students from all backgrounds and immigrations status,” and that the College “will not release any personally identifiable student information related to immigration status without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order.”

    Furthermore, Santa Barbara City College would like you to know that:

    • The college has no legal obligation or affirmative duty to enforce federal immigration law. Accordingly, we do not provide information to others without a lawfully issued subpoena or court order.
    • College security staff do not question people about their immigration status and do not detain people because they are undocumented.
    • Admission decisions are not based on immigration status, and we do not request immigration documentation except as needed to determine eligibility for resident tuition and AB 540 eligibility. See our resource page for Dream Act Scholar.
    • Consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the college will not release protected student information without a lawfully issued subpoena or court order.

    We realize that this announcement may cause fear and anxiety on our campus and in our community. If you are experiencing anxiety, we encourage you to access the free and confidential counseling available to all students through our Student Health Services. The Luria Library has created a resource guide for students on these issues, which may help provide additional information.

    We remain committed to providing a safe, civil, welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for each and every student who comes through our doors in search of new opportunities and a bright future. You are a member of our campus community and you are welcome here.


    Dr. Pamela Ralston, EVP, on behalf of Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Helen Benjamin