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Frequently Asked Questions

If the DACA program is ended in March of 2018, will DACA recipients be allowed to remain enrolled at Pace?
Yes. Pace University admits all qualified students regardless of immigration status. This reflects Pace’s commitment to the importance of a diverse and inclusive community.

Should DACA students continue with plans for international travel or study abroad?
No. Undocumented and DACA students should not travel outside of the country for University-related activities. In light of the approach to immigration policies of the current federal administration, the uncertainty regarding the ability to re-enter the US is high.

Should undocumented and DACA students continue with plans for domestic travel if the DACA program is ended in March of 2018?
There are no restrictions on anyone traveling within the US or US territories. However, there is the possibility of people being delayed or detained by TSA officials. Concerned individuals should avoid air travel or other modes of travel where identification is routinely checked.

Will Pace University provide legal services to undocumented and DACA students?
Students in need of legal assistance can contact Pace’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. Pace University can connect students in need with pro bono legal resources from community partners including the Immigration Unit of My Sister’s Place, Pace Women’s Justice Center, ACLU of Lower Hudson Valley, and Neighbors Link Community Law Practice.

Are undocumented and DACA students at risk if they contact Pace’s Safety and Security for assistance?
No. We strongly encourage anyone who is a victim of a crime or who needs security assistance to contact Safety and Security at Pace University. Safety and Security’s primary role is to protect and serve all faculty, staff, and students regardless of immigration status. Safety and Security officers are not charged with enforcing federal immigration law and do not make inquiries into individual citizenship status.

If DACA is rescinded in March of 2018 and ICE agents arrive on campus with a warrant signed by a judge, how will Pace respond?
Pace University faculty and staff are not mandated reporters on the issue of immigration status. While we are required to report to the federal government statistics on campus crimes (like theft and sexual assault) because they impact the safety of our campus community, the University will not report to any government entity the immigration status of any of our students unless we are presented with a specific warrant signed by a judge.

If ICE agents detain a Pace student, will Pace release personal information to ICE agents including parents’ address or emergency contact information that might put family members at risk?
Pace student information is confidential and will not be shared unless legally required. If Pace University is presented with a warrant we will comply only with the specific information required, and not offer additional information. 

Will Pace staff be trained to appropriately support DACA students including those in the Office of Student Assistance, Financial Aid, and University Healthcare?
Yes. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs and the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) will train offices on DACA and how to support DACA and undocumented students. Information on how to best support DACA students is being disseminated to staff.

Is there a way for a student to protect their personal information (on their phone) from potentially being accessed by ICE agents?
Legally, a warrant is required for any law enforcement official to access such information. Phones should be password protected as a precaution.

What resources are available for more information on what to do at this time?
Several well-known national organizations that are experts in federal immigration policies and practices have developed resource materials.

The ACLU

What to do if you’re stopped by ICE or FBI Agents:

The National Immigration Law Center
Know your rights in encountering law enforcement, health care, education, etc.

United We Dream

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members: AILA’s Immigration Lawyer Search

Immigration Advocates Network (IAN)
Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) provides providers information about more than 900 nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states: ImmigrationLawHelp.org

U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review
Pro bono legal services by state.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
ADC is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.

Funding for DACA Renewals

UndocuMedia has allocated $5,000 for DACA renewal fees of Black undocumented young people. Black undocumented students in need of renewing their DACA status can fill out this form.

Mission Asset Funds (MAF) has also secured funding to cover DACA renewals for free. DACA recipients should simply apply and MAF will send a check already written out to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for payment of DACA renewal. This is not a loan and no one will be asked to pay the money back. However, the scholarships are limited. Those in need can apply here.

Reminder: It is important that your DACA renewal is received by October 5, therefore it is recommended that applications be mailed by September 29. It is also advisable to save the tracking number and receipt. Here is a helpful DACA renewal checklist from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.