June 18, 2020
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision to uphold the decision to maintain DeferredbAction for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which provides work permits and protection from deportation for close to 700,000 DACA recipients in the United States. We are very happy about this decision and acknowledge that even in times of difficulty and tremendous change in the United States, it is also important to recognize the wave of positive decisions and actions that can happen when the voices of a community are heard.
DACA has opened up educational pathways for our students and for many others across the country through access to admissions, in-state tuition, and financial resources. DACA recipients at George Mason University contribute to and shape our campus culture and identity. This decision from the Supreme Court will continue to grant access to higher education for some of the best and brightest students in the United States.
We want to take this time to communicate First-Gen+ Center’s strong and continuous support for our DACA recipients and their families. We will work with DACA recipients to continue to connect them with legal service providers on and off-campus, mental and physical health services, and other support services to support their success at Mason. Below are resources for students and also for YOU to learn more about how you can help!
You are also welcomed to reach out to learn more by emailing Dr. Amber Holton-Thomas, Director of First-Gen+ Center (email@example.com).
- Emergency Fund
- First Gen Next Gen Fund Scholarship – For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Connect with UndocuMason, the primary collective of students who support and advocate for students who are undocumented, DACAmented, and who have TPS and their families.
- Legal Aid Justice Center (Falls Church)
- Ayuda (Fairfax)
- CASA (Woodbridge)
- Just Neighbors (Annandale)
What else can you do as a person who holds citizenship in the United States?
- Review policies or procedures in your department that might have additional barriers for undocumented or DACAmented students – if you change something, let us know! Email Dr. Amber Holton-Thomas (email@example.com) who serves as the Chair for the Undocumented Student Task Force at Mason
- Educate yourself! Sign up for UndocuAlly Training sessions offered during the academic year.
To the DACA students, faculty, and staff, know that you have the full support of our department. We remain as supportive as ever of DACA recipients and other immigrants learning and working in our community, and remain committed to enabling the continued success of DACA recipients and to securing permanent relief for these aspiring Americans.