The New Mexico Dream Team (NMDT), the largest youth-led immigrant organization in the state, organized a walk out today.
While the ultimate fate of DACA and its protections are unknown, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center has provided a timely community advisory: What Do I Need to Know If the DACA Program Ends?
A new UNM website, undocumented.unm.edu, is under development and will go live this week or next. This website will serve as a centralized repository for support and resources for our undocumented students and their families. It will include information regarding admissions, enrollment and financial aid, campus and community resources, legal support, donations and fundraising, and legislative action. Look to this website for updates about DACA, upcoming events, and for FAQs of university policies and procedures regarding federal immigration enforcement.
In this time of limbo, and with uncertainty about whether a legislative solution will be passed quickly to continue its protections, deportation fears for our undocumented students and their families are high. As I stated in my town hall in March, UNM is committed to maintaining the anonymity of our undocumented students, and following existing federal guidelines, campus police will not contact, detain, question or arrest an individual solely on the basis of suspected undocumented immigration status or to discover the immigration status of any individual.
A number of upcoming events at UNM will further inform and deepen our shared commitment to our undocumented students.
On Sept. 8, from 1-3 p.m., in the UNM Art Museum, there will be an UndocuAlly and Know Your Rights Training, Presentation and Discussion sponsored by the Sanctuary Campus Working Group, El Centro, undocumented students from the NM Dream Team, and the NM Immigrant Law Center.
As part of Campus Safety Week, sponsored by the Division of Equity and Inclusion, on Sept. 20, from 12-3 p.m. in the SUB Atrium, there will be a Know Your Rights Training, followed by Presentations on Immigration 101 and Electronic Health and Safety in the Borderlands.
DREAM ZONE trainings, facilitated by the UNM Dream Team, aid in understanding the undocumented student population and instruct in ways to best become an ally for their support. Three trainings are offered this fall: 9/26-27 (North Campus), 10/23-24 (Main Campus), and 11/16-17 (Main Campus). To register, go to Learning Central and search for Dream Zone. We continue to work with our national organizations such as APLU and ACE to advocate for a permanent solution for our students.