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Immigration Resources for the Hampshire Community

"Hampshire College will continue to commit our efforts to protect and support all members of our community, especially those who are undocumented or are otherwise vulnerable to federal immigration action."

Jonathan Lash, November 21, 2016

The resources below have been compiled from FAQ sheets and resources made available by several organizations and universities. We hope you find them helpful in your efforts to understand the current legal landscape regarding immigration.

Resources on Presidential Executive Orders

Executive Order March 6, 2017: "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" (Refugees and Muslim Ban) 

The revised executive order has a number of changes, including dropping Iraq from the list of countries with restrictions. It also explicitly does not apply to lawful permanent residents (green card holders) or existing visa holders. The order goes into effect on March 16.

Executive Order: "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" (Interior Enforcement)

This Executive Order addresses immigration enforcement at the interior of the United States; lists new priorities for enforcement and removal; and seeks to penalize state and local jurisdictions who are defined as "sanctuaries," among other things.

  • Summary prepared by the National Immigration Project, Jan. 26, 2017.
  • FAQ on interior enforcement and enforcement priorities, Immigrant Justice Network, Jan. 27, 2017

Executive Order: "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements" (The Wall)

This Executive Order addresses the physical construction of a wall along the southern border; immigration enforcement and detention and removal at the border; among other things.

    •  Supplemental Community Advisory on DHS Implementation Memoranda and Factsheets, National Immigration Project, March 7, 2017. 

Executive Order: "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals" (Refugees and Muslim Ban)

This Executive Order suspends the refugee resettlement program for 120 days; indefinitely suspends the admission of Syrian refugees; and suspends entry by non-citizens from Muslim- and Arab- majority countries for at least 90 days, among other things.

Information of the Stay Order issued by Eastern New York District Judge Ann Donnelly on January 28, 2017

Information on the State of Washington and the State of Minnesota v. Trump

This site provides up-to-date information regarding the orders from the U.S. Court for the Ninth Circuit, the court that has issued a temporary restraining order on the Trump administration's executive orders concerning refugee resettlement and immigration.  

Statements on Executive Orders

Resources for the Immigrant Community

What Trump's Election Means for Your Immigration Status

We do not know what the new president will do on immigration, though we do know that he will likely make some changes to executive actions. This document includes information for immigrants and a list of legal resources and other forms of help. Este documento en español.

What All Immigrants Should Know Post-Election 2016

This website offers expert information on legal support, employment, DACA, deportation defense, and more. Site translations are available currently in Spanish, and soon in Korean.

Post-Election FAQ's

A full list of common questions and answers for the immigrant community regarding citizenship, "Muslim Registry," and much more.

Know Your Rights Refresher

As a reminder to immigrant communities, the NILC released a helpful guide that explains what individuals should do if they encounter law enforcement or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

Information on DACA by the National Immigration Law Center

Guidance from the NILC on how to apply for DACA, renew DACA, and other important information regarding DACA/DAPA.

Reporting Hate Crimes

Hate crimes can be reported online on the Southern Poverty Law Center website.

From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

Resources for International and DACA Community Members

What do I need to know if the DACA program ends? (Posted 9/1/17)


Hampshire Policies and Guidance

Data reported to US Government:

Know Your Rights is an online directory of nearly 1,000 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. Its website is searchable by state, county, or detention facility, and searches can be refined by types and areas of legal assistance provided, populations served, languages spoken, other areas of legal assistance, and non-legal services provided.

United We Dream: The largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation

We Own the Dream: A national campaign to help aspiring Americans brought to this country as children take advantage of the opportunity to apply for DACA and work permits

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC): Aids low-income immigrant students in their pursuit of a U.S. college education

My (Un)Documented Life: Up-to-date information and resources (scholarship opportunities, navigating the educational system and more) for undocumented students

Immigrant Youth Justice League: Working towards full recognition of the rights and contributions of all immigrants

National Immigration Law Center: Dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants

Immigration Legal Services

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Campus Resources For Students

Campus Resources For Faculty and Staff

Dean of Faculty Office

Office for Diversity and Multicultural Education

Human Resources

Local Resources

American Civil Liberties Union Massachusetts: This site will provide up-to-date information on legal action against the executive orders and initiatives to uphold constitutionally granted liberties.

Center for New Americans: Center for New Americans (CNA) is a community-based, non-profit adult education center that provides the underserved immigrant, refugee, and migrant communities of Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley with education and resources to learn English, become involved community members, and obtain tools necessary to maintain economic independence and stability.

Council on American-Islamic Relations Massachusetts (CAIR): CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA Coalition): The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. We serve the Commonwealth's one million foreign-born residents with policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, strategic communications, citizenship assistance, and AmeriCorps initiatives that provide capacity-building for community-based organizations.

Resources for Educators and Community Allies

American Council on Education Immigration Post-Election Q & A

Here you will find key information on DACA students, "Sanctuary campuses," and institutional or community assistance, as well as further resources.

Immigration Law and Policy After the Election: Six Key Points

The current framework for immigration law has not changed and will remain intact until January 20, 2017. The content of future immigration proposals is uncertain, but there is a good reason to believe that immigrants will be the target of greater enforcement and scrutiny. This document contains six points to educate the community about immigration law and policy after the election. Este documento en español.

Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the front lines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths:

NAFSA (Association of International Educators): This page provides resources on immigration and international student and scholar issues. 

NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education: This page provides resources and statement on the recent executive orders by NASPA.

College Presidents Call for DACA Continuation: Several U.S. college and university presidents have signed on to a statement for the continuation of the DACA Program, as it has benefited undocumented students.

Town of Amherst

Amherst Police Department policies regarding immigrant community members. This website contains information on the scope of the department's authority with regard to federal immigration laws.

A Statement About Amherst's Role in Immigration Policy
This statement was issued by the Town Manager, Chief of Police, Superintendent of Schools on January 30, 2017

For General Information About Immigration Laws

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