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Resources for DACA Students

In light of the Sept. 5 memo from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Long Beach City College has affirmed its commitment and continued support of its DACA students.

What does today’s decision mean?

  1. DHS has rescinded DACA, however, the program will not end immediately. For now, students will be able to maintain the benefits of the DACA program. Permits will not expire for another six months and will remain active for up to 24 months. DHS does not intend to terminate an individual’s DACA status prior to its current stated expiration.
  2. DHS’s decision does not impact a student’s ability to attend LBCC, qualify for an exemption from non-resident tuition fees under AB 540 or to apply for financial aid under the provisions of the California Dream Act. AB 540 and the California Dream Act are state programs that are separate from DACA and the federal enforcement of immigration laws.
  3. An individual whose DACA status is set to expire between now and March 5, 2018 may still apply for a renewal of the DACA status, but the application for renewal must be accepted by DHS by Oct. 5, 2017.


How will LBCC support DACA students?

  • LBCC is dedicated to our mission and purpose of education and serving ALL our students and will continue to nurture a campus that is safe, supportive and welcoming to everyone. You can read the California Community College Chancellor's Office memo, LBCC Board of Trustees’ resolution, or Superintendent-President Reagan Romali’s support of DACA students.
  • The Community College League of California has denounced the decision in a formal statement released Sept. 5. In accordance with the California Community Colleges system, Long Beach Community College District will not release personally identifiable student information, including data related to immigration status, without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order, unless authorized by the student or required by law.
  • LBCC will continue to support the California Trust Act, which does not allow minor infractions to trigger deportations. In the meantime, we are working at all levels of government to advocate for the rights and privacy of undocumented students to earn their education.
  • Anyone feeling pressured to produce information or documentation of immigration status while on campus should contact Campus Police immediately at (562) 938-4910.
  • LBCC will offer crisis counseling, mental health services, Know Your Rights and legal workshops, and other resources to support its students. In addition, counseling services for faculty and staff will also be available under the Employee Assistance Plan.


Workshops and Counseling
LBCC will offer a number of workshops and services to help students cope in this time of fear and uncertainty.

Group Support for DACA Students: Dealing with Chronic Stress
These workshops will assist with tips for how to cope with the impact of chronic life stressors.

Liberal Arts Campus: Valhalla Room (E202) 
Wed., 9/6, 1-2 p.m.
Wed., 9/13, 1-2 p.m.
Tues., 9/19, 2-3 p.m.

Pacific Coast Campus: GG238
Wed., 9/13, 9-10 a.m.
Wed., 9/20, 9-10 a.m.

DACA Open Forum
Co-sponsored by Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC) and Centro C.H.A.
Get an update on DACA as well as information on Know Your Rights, financial aid, advocacy, legal resources, support circle and more.
Thu., 9/21, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Pacific Coast Campus, Dyer Hall (QQ112)
View flyer here.


Individual Drop-In Times with Mental Health Professionals at Student Health Services
These drop-in times are for immediate support of our DACA students. Once students have had an initial meeting with our Mental Health Services team, they may wish to access additional or more regular support with our Mental Health Clinicians by appointment. This can be scheduled through our Student Health Services.

Liberal Arts Campus: A1010
Wed., 9/6: 3-4 p.m.
Fri., 9/8: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Mon., 9/11: 1-2 p.m.
Tue., 9/12: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Wed., 9/13: 3-4 p.m.
Fri., 9/15: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Mon., 9/18: 10-11 a.m.
Tue., 9/19: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Wed., 9/20: 1-2 p.m.
Fri., 9/22: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Pacific Coast Campus: GG117
Thu., 9/7: 2-3 p.m.
Tue., 9/12: 1-2 p.m.
Thu., 9/14: 10-11 a.m.
Tue., 9/19: 1-2 p.m.


Individual Drop-In Times with Mental Health Professionals at Counseling Office
These drop-in times are for immediate support of our DACA students with our LBCC Counselors.

Liberal Arts Campus: A1111
Wed., 9/6: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fri., 9/8: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., noon – 4 p.m.
Mon., 9/11: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tue., 9/12: 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wed., 9/13: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thu., 9/14: 8:30 a.m. – noon
Fri., 9/15: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., noon – 4 p.m.

Pacific Coast Campus: GG202
Thu., 9/7: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fri., 9/8: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Mon., 9/11: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tue., 9/12: 8 a.m. – noon
Wed., 9/13: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri., 9/15: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Please continue to check here for continual updates and information for our LBCC community.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at (562) 938-4353 or (562) 938-4846. For media inquiries, please call (562) 938-4004.