“The Community College of Rhode Island stands proudly and firmly in support of our community members and their families who may be affected by the potential revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Today is the start of our new academic year. Thousands of students are coming into our college for the first time. For many, the opportunity to seek postsecondary education is unprecedented in their families. Many are the first members of their families to attend college. Many are first generation Americans, making them part of our country’s strong tradition of immigration. This tradition defines the very heart of who we have been and who we must continue to be.
At CCRI, equity and inclusion are at the core of our community’s values. Last fall, our college joined more than 600 colleges and universities in signing a letter supporting the DACA program. Today, we reaffirm our passionate commitment to equity, to inclusion, and to all members of our CCRI community.”
September 5, 2016
September 18, 2017
Governor Raimondo secures financing for DACA renewals and free legal advice for recipients [Learn more about free legal advice for DACA]
Dorcas International Institute is offering renewal assistance daily until October 3, 2017, M-F, 9AM-4:30 PM
Progresso Latino is offering a renewal assistance clinic on Saturday, September 23rd 10AM-1PM, 626 Broad Street, Central Falls.
Many community members may be unsure about what this means and what happens next. The following resources provide answers to questions community members may have:
See "Community Resources" below for finding a location near you for free renewal assistance.YES. OCTOBER 5, 2017. It is recommended that applications be sent no later than October 3, 2017, and by express mail. Those who are eligible for DACA renewal include individuals who currently have DACA, whose employment authorization document expires before March 6, 2018, and who have not otherwise become ineligible (for example, due to certain criminal activity) since their last request. Renewal requests must be accepted by USCIS no later than October 5, 2017. According to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo, there will be a limited window in which it will adjudicate certain DACA requests and associated applications meeting specific parameters.
See "Community Resources" below for finding a location near you for legal guidance and assistance.No new DACA applications will be accepted. USCIS no longer will accept first-time applications after September 5, 2017.
CCRI College Police will not act as an agent of ICE and will not seek out students based on their DACA status.
This is a time of great anxiety and stress for our community members. We encourage individuals to seek the support that is best for them. You are not alone.
Free confidential counseling is available for students through the College’s Advising and Counseling Center.
EMPLOYEES: Free assistance is available for employees through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It is a confidential, professional resource for persons needing information, assessment, and referral to counseling or other resources within their community. For more information, or to access this benefit, contact EAP at 1-866-248-4094, or log on to www.livingandworkwell.com Access code: RhodeIsland.
The following Rhode Island resources are providing free assistance and free renewal filing:
http://www.diiri.org (401) 784-8600. 645 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI. Dorcas International Institute is a non-profit agency providing services to the immigrant and refugee community of Rhode Island. DIIRI has a staff of attorneys and accredited caseworkers who are trained and experienced in all areas of immigration procedures, including DACA requests. Open M-F, 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Volunteer Lawyer Program. The Rhode Island Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP) provides pro bono (free) legal services to qualified low-income Rhode Islanders. Participating attorneys provide legal assistance, at no charge. The client’s income must qualify under federally regulated guidelines to receive pro bono assistance, and the case must fall under one of the areas of law handled by the VLP. Clients may be responsible for filing fees, court costs and other out-of-pocket expenses. 401-421-7758 or 1-800-339-7758, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawyer Referral Service. The Rhode Island Bar Association has a Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) to refer competent and reliable lawyers. Under the LRS plan, a lawyer will consult with you, up to a half hour, free of charge. If additional legal work is recommended, you can decide whether to continue and discuss the lawyer’s fees. Reduced fee and legal assistance is available for those who qualify under federally regulated income guidelines. If your initial contact cannot handle your problem, you may request an additional referral. 401-421-7799, www.ribar.com/LRS/Referral.aspx
Know your rights video:
Q & A Meetings Scheduled
We have invited Cecily Ziegler, a staff attorney at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, to meet with our CCRI community and to outline what the rescinding of DACA means and what steps individuals may take.