Heritage University is committed to supporting ALL of our students to help them achieve their dreams. Information regarding events, support and resources related to immigration, DACA, and your rights will appear on this page.
Read President Sund's letter dated September 5, 2017. to the Heritage University Students >>
Stephen Robbin visits Heritage University and shares legal advice with students, staff and faculty on immigration and what is to come in the post-election era.
The Mexican Consulate will be sending representatives to visit with students, faculty and staff to discus issues between our two nations -- date to be announced.
- HB-1079 Students -- In 2003, the Washington State Legislature approved HB (House Bill) 1079, an historic action that makes a college education much more affordable for certain undocumented students. Because it was approved as a state law, 1079 students are considered 'residents' for purposes of higher education. This means 1079 students are permitted to pay "in-state" tuition, or "resident" tuition rates, to attend Washington public colleges and universities.
- Hope Act SB-6523 -- Undocumented students in Washington state have the right to attend colleges and universities, and many qualify for state-funded financial aid because of the Washington Dream Act, also called the REAL Hope Act. You qualify if you can yes to three questions: 1) I have or will have graduated from a high school or will have obtained my GED in Washington state; 2) I have lived or will have lived in Washington state for three years before graduating from high school; and 3) I am currently attending or plan to attend a public college or university in Washington state. Rapid Response Information
Last Tuesday, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was rescinded. NWIRP, Washington Dream Act Coalition, and partner organizations are hosting community forums to address questions from community members with DACA and their families. Immigration attorneys will be available to answer questions.
What is DACA?
The program was implemented by executive order action by President Obama in June 2012. Under the program, people who came to the U.S. as children and met specific requirements were safe from deportation for two years, and could then apply to renew their status as a DACA recipient. Those who were approved were eligible for work authorization. Since 2012, nearly 800,000 DACA recipients were able to access school and work legally in the U.S.
La Casa stands with our community: DACA recipients, DREAMERS, immigrants and their families. We need you to stand with us.
Here are 5 ways how...
- Get informed. Information about DACA informational events and resources by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) can be found here.
- Donate. La Casa is starting a temporary scholarship fund to help off-set the $495 DACA renewal fee for those eligible to renew and in need of financial assistance. Sponsor a DACA renewal application form by donating here. List “DACA Renewal Fund” under the dedication line.
- Advocate! Congress has been called to action for immigration reform. Move your legislators to action at bilingual legislator letter-writing workshops for the next three Wednesdays.
When? 9/13, 9/20, 9/27
Where? La Casa Hogar 106 S. 6th St., Yakima
- Renew your DACA (if you’re eligible). If you or someone you know currently has DACA and needs to speak with someone, call La Casa Hogar: 509-457-5058
- Volunteer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up here to get connected at La Casa Hogar.
Other Community Resources:
• Corazon Community Support Group. Corazón in Yakima Valley is a support group for undocumented students and families. The mission Corazón is to create community healing through art, peer support, and self-care. Email Rocio at email@example.com or visit https://iamempowermentllc.com/corazon/
• Donate to Heritage University DACA Emergency Fund: https://www.heritage.edu/DACAgiving