Definition of an Undocumented Student
"An undocumented student is a foreign national who: (1) entered the United States without inspection or with fraudulent documents; or (2) entered legally as a non-immigrant but then violated the terms of his or her status and remained in the United States without authorization" (as defined by the National Immigration Law Center).
Support at Gonzaga
While it is impossible at this point to predict the outcome of the USSC case it is important to understand that regardless of the ultimate decision many regional DACA students will continue to require legal assistance and guidance. Gonzaga University has a history of regional collaboration in support of this need. One previous manifestation of this collaboration was the Spokane DACA Renewal Clinics provided for our community in Fall 2017 when the continuation of the program was first threatened (see the attached flyer).
More recently, Gonzaga Law School and Catholic Charities Eastern Washington have launched “The Catholic Charities Immigration Clinic at Gonzaga Law School.” The Clinic supports low-income individuals in need of immigration legal assistance and provides training to the next generation of immigration lawyers.
Megan Case runs the Immigration Law Center at Gonzaga Law School and has expressed a willingness to be a resource. The Center for Justice hosts monthly Justice Nights the second Thursday of every month. Justice Nights are a walk-in legal clinic where people are allowed to talk to a lawyer for free. These Justice Nights are hosted at the Community Building, 35 West Main Street. The areas of focus for Justice Nights include: Legal Financial Obligations, Housing, Juvenile Law, Seal/Expunge/Vacate Convictions, Family Law, and Police Accountability.
Additional community resources:
- President’s Alliance of Higher Education and Immigration
- If a student is deported/detained
- If a student’s guardians are deported/detained
Contact American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU) at (206) 624-2184 or Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network at 1 (844) 724-3737.