Resources on Immigration
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This website provides information and resources to current and prospective students and their families regarding services provided at UIS for undocumented immigrants, issues that affect the immigrant community, and related news updates. Whether you are thinking about applying to UIS or are already a student, there are various programs to help you transition to and succeed at UIS. We provide support services – including academic, personal, and financial aid counseling – that can help students balance being a part time/full time student while handling other day-to-day challenges you may face.
Diversity Center – The Diversity Center is open and ready to advise and support any student, staff, or faculty member affected by the changes to DACA or other immigration policies. Please contact us at email@example.com.
UIS Immigration Committee Mission Statement
The University of Illinois Springfield fosters and celebrates the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff as a foundational aspect of our mission and our service to the public good. We support the safety, well-being, and success of all members of our University community, including those whose families have immigrated to the United States and those who have traveled to UIS and the surrounding community to study, research, teach, or serve as staff and administrators. Creating a campus that is welcoming and inclusive to all is vital to our mission, vision, and values, and is also vital to our goal of creating and sustaining global leaders, scholars, and citizens, through engagement and innovation.
Approved by Chancellor Susan Koch on November 2019
On May 29, 2020, the President issued Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China. The proclamation is effective at 12:00 p.m. eastern daylight time on June 1, 2020, and will remain in effect until terminated by the President.
Rescission of DACA
In Fall 2017, the White House has formally announced the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, affecting nearly 800,000 people who were brought to the US as children. While we are just beginning to understand the full impact of this announcement, and the uncertainty created by it, this threat to our undocumented and DACA students is a call for us to support, listen to, and advocate for them.
Chancellor Koch signed the American Council on Education letter on behalf of the leaders of institutions of higher learning in support of Dreamers.
Daniel Aguilar notified the committee that there is an “I Stand With Immigrants” event on Oct. 22nd that is sponsored by the Diversity Center and Hispanic/LatinX groups at Res Life. The event will be from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and will include posters and free t-shirts; from 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM there will be a panel discussion with people from the Dilley Trip; then at 11:00 PM there will be a group discussion of concerns.
The Immigration Project hosted a DACA renewal clinic on Friday, September 29th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Christ the King Church on 1930 Barberry Dr. in Springfield. For more information about the Immigration Project’s services, click on this link.
UIS in the News
Know Your Rights/Legal
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- John Jay College College of Criminal Justice
- Law Professor Blog Network
- National Immigrant Justice Center
- One Chicago
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