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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

DACA Resources


 New TPS Update (11/6/18) - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extends TPS for some countries

New Rapid Response Hotline

People who see immigration officers knocking at their doors — or their neighbors' — in San Diego County can now call a new 24-hour hotline for support.

Calling the hotline probably won't stop an arrest that's already in progress, but it might help stop a deportation, depending on the details of the case.

Anyone wanting to report an immigration arrest, a checkpoint or a raid to the rapid response network can call 619-536-0823. Dispatchers, who must be bilingual in English and Spanish, will take down information from the caller about the enforcement’s location and send a text to volunteer responders, asking for someone to verify what’s happening.

A responder will go to the address provided and document the situation. Responders are taught not to obstruct an arrest in any way. Instead, they observe and document in case the immigrant’s civil rights are violated.

Reprinted from San Diego Union-Tribune article dated Dec. 20, 2017

 Southwestern College letter to students regarding Trump’s decision to end DACA.

FREE DACA Workshops ( for DACA Renewals Only)

Jewish Family Service of San Diego
8788 Balboa Avenue
San Diego , CA 92123

International Rescue Committee
5348 University Ave Suite 205A
San Diego, CA 92105

English Flyer - Spanish Flyer

DACA Renewal Scholarship

DACA students interested in applying for the scholarship opportunity should visit  to learn more and complete the online application. Scholarship applicants will need to complete a short questionnaire and will need to provide their documentation of DACA status with expiration date on or before March 5, 2018 to qualify for the financial aid.

Frequently asked questions about DACA:


What Do I Need To Know If the DACA Programs Ends?

Click the link below for more information from Immigrant Legal Resource Center :

 SWC Undocumented Students FAQs

It helps to talk with someone and get support when things seem overwhelming. These offices on campus considered safe spaces.  

• EDI Office, Room 651, 619 482-6544
• Counseling Srvices Cesar Chavez Building, Second Floor at One Stop, (619) 421-6700 x5279
• BOG Fee Waiver Information – Kathy Abara, email:  
• Dreamer Application/Cal Grant Information – Claudia Gaitan, email:  
• IDEAS Club, Advisor, Leticia Diaz email:  

 IME Becas Program

The Southwestern College IME-Becas Adelante Estudiante program serves AB540 Mexican-American or of Mexican origin students. The goal is to increase awareness of campus resources and familiarize students with the culture of higher education. Students receive additional support through workshops and seminars revolving around topics such as exploring their identity of Mexican descent, social justice, diversity, leadership, and fostering healthy relationships. Students successfully completing this program earn a scholarship to finance their studies.

o Omar Orihuela, Director of EOPS, CARE, CalWORKs and Foster Youth Programs,  
o Leticia Diaz, EOPS/CARE Supervisor,  

Financial Aid

Visit our California Dream Act webpage to get the latest information on financial support for DREAMERS, AB540 and DACA changes, Dream act applications, and scholarships for undocumented student.
If you have questions regarding whether or not you qualify for AB540 status, please go to the Admissions office or visit the AB540 webpage. If you are already an AB540 student and have questions about your California Dream Act Application or eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Cal Grant Information – Claudia Gaitan, email:  

Did you know there is an ASO club for AB540 students? It's called IDEAS @ SWC (Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success). Contact the club advisors Leticia Diaz, EOPS/CARE Supervisor,  or Javier Madrigal,  if you are interested.

More Resources

California Community Colleges-Chancellor's Office-Resources for Undocumented Students
• Mexican Consulate of San Diego Information
Alliance San Diego-Ready Now San Diego
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Policies and Procedures

 Undocumented Student Action Week

Last updated: 11/20/2018 10:55:28 AM