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'This is our home' | DACA recipient relieved after SCOTUS ruling
Since 2017, the future of DACA recipients has been uncertain. Courtney Balderas-Jacob is the director of the University of Texas at San Antonio's Dreamers Resource Center, the first facility of its kind in the state. Balderas-Jacob is all too familiar with the unease students at UTSA have felt for the last few years. "Every week we were just kind of looking for what the possible changes could be," Balderas-Jacob said. She said she almost spilled her coffee reading the news. "I had to read it at least three different times before I believed it," she said.
More than 5,000 San Antonio dreamers will benefit from the Supreme Court decision
Two of the thousands of San Antonio dreamers shared their joy at the Supreme Court decision on the DACA program, as well as Courtney Balderas-Jacob, director of the UTSA’s Dreamers Resource Center.
Local Dreamer says DACA fight 'isn't over'
Many dreamers and their advocates are celebrating Thursday’s decision by the Supreme Court for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s estimated there are more than 70,000 DACA recipients in the South Texas region. One of them described today’s ruling as bittersweet. “I still have DACA,” said Andrea Fernandez, a DACA recipient since 2012. “I was able to renew in the last couple of months so I’m protected under DACA for the next two years.” She became a DACA recipient in high school and graduated from UTSA in December 2018. … “While it’s not a permanent solution it at least gives our students some space to breathe for the next six months,” said Courtney Balderas-Jacob, assistant director of the UTSA Dreamer Resource Center.
South Texans Bask In New Optimism Following U.S. Supreme Court's DACA Decision
María Rocha and Mancha Dominguez are both graduates of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Two years ago, UTSA created a Dreamer Resource Center for undocumented students like they once were. Courtney Balderas-Jacob, the center’s assistant director, said the Supreme Court decision created a sliver of stability for her students. "It means that now they won't be hopefully targeted for removal at this point," she said. "And that impacts an entire community.” It also makes it more likely that her December graduates will be to find a job amid all of the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Expecting the worst, San Antonio dreamers ‘in awe’ of Supreme Court DACA decision
About 350 undocumented students attend the University of Texas at San Antonio, and roughly half are DACA students. When Andrea Fernandez was 8 years old, her mother brought her illegally from Mexico City to the United States with hopes of better job security. She grew up undocumented in San Antonio, always aware of her status. She received DACA in October 2012 while she was attending Churchill High School. She graduated there with honors and attended UTSA, where she got a bachelor’s degree in public administration. She was a leader there, head of the Immigrant Youth Leadership student group and wrote the proposal to open UTSA’s widely-lauded Dreamers Resource Center.
UTSA Center Marking One Year Helping Undocumented Students
The center was established in 2018 as part of the UTSA Presidential Initiative on Diversity and Inclusion. It opened to educate students and community members about the needs of undocumented students and provide services.
FRONTERAS EXTRA: Dreamers 'Don’t Have To...Cure Cancer To Be Worthy Of An Education'
Fronteras: UTSA Dreamers Center Advocates For Undocumented Students; 10K Yrs Of San Antonio History
UTSA celebra exito de centro de ayuda para-dreamers
Fronteras: UTSA Center For Dreamers; Refugees Head To Canada; & Asylum Seekers Denied Rights In US
On this episode of Fronteras:
- Students from the University of Texas at San Antonio look to address the needs of undocumented students.
- San Antonio students find support at UTSA’s Dreamers Resource Center, which provides assistance to undocumented students (3:12).
- Asylum seekers are being denied their legal rights at U.S. detention centers (13:35).
- Thousands of refugees take advantage of a legal loophole to cross the northern border from the U.S. to Canada (16:32).
EAB Daily Briefing View the Archives Print Today's Stories This university opened a Dreamers Resource Center. Here's their advice for other colleges.
On January 22nd, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) opened its Dreamers Resource Center—an office dedicated to supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients on campus.
"Valoramos mucho a los estudiantes con DACA": universidad texana abre centro para apoyar a dreamers
La Universidad de Texas en San Antonio asistirá con servicios legales, financieros y emocionales a beneficiarios del programa DACA y a otros estudiantes indocumentados. Es el primer centro de asistencia de este tipo en el estado.
UTSA Launches Dreamers Resource Center For Undocumented Students
The University of Texas at San Antonio is providing a new office for undocumented students to learn what academic resources are available to them as they attend the school. It’s the first of its kind in Texas.
UTSA opens Dreamers Resource Center
UTSA Opens Resource Center for Students with DACA Status
As Congress moves closer to the looming March 5 end date for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program set by President Trump, the University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicating resources to help prepare undocumented students with DACA status (often called "Dreamers") for the unknown.
UTSA abre centro de ayuda para soñadores
UTSA to open resource center aimed at helping Dreamers
SAN ANTONIO - The political battle happening in Congress has a lot to do with differing opinions on how to deal with DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
One year in UTSA Dreamers Resource Center is Helping Students Succeed
Located in the UTSA Student Union within the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion (SU 2.01.04) on the Main Campus, the Dreamers Resource Center has made a positive impact on dozens of students over the last year. Its staff has regularly engaged with students in one-on-one advising sessions, eased access to legal services via partnerships with local non-profit agencies, participated in outreach efforts to spread awareness of its services and assisted prospective students in the admissions and financial aid processes.
UTSA's new Dreamers Center clearing confusion, promotes inclusion
President Trump on Thursday announced for the very first time that he's open to giving some Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients, or "Dreamers," an eventual path to citizenship.
University of Texas at San Antonio Opens On Campus DACA Center
The Trump Administration announced the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) last year, the program that allows children who came to the U.S. as undocumented immigrants, to remain in the country legally.
One year in, UTSA Dreamers Resource Center is helping students succeed
UTSA opens new Dreamers Center to meet growing needs of DACA students
n Monday, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will open a new Dreamers Center to provide support to the university’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients and other undocumented students. The center represents a physical expansion of the Dreamers Resource Center website that launched last September, soon after the Trump administration announced its decision to end DACA.
UTSA reaffirms commitment to DACA students post U.S. Supreme Court action this week
UTSA responds to federal government’s decision to end DACA
UTSA President Taylor Eighmy today responded to the Trump Administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), assuring UTSA students of the university’s full commitment to their privacy, their rights and their goal to get a top quality education.
UTSA launches Dreamers Resource Center website
University provides May update on strategic initiatives
UTSA student to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Andrea Ramos Fernandez, a student leader and a strong advocate of immigrant rights, was instrumental in helping UTSA establish its Dreamers Resource Center. This fall, she’ll take those leadership skills to Washington, D.C. The UTSA senior has been selected to participate in the highly competitive internship in the Congressional Internship Program with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI).
She’s wishing for a secure place out of the shadows
If you live in Texas, there is a good chance you know someone like me.
My mother brought me to the United States when I was 8 because of a lack of jobs and security in Mexico City. I’ve grown up an American, pledging allegiance to our flag and doing my best to succeed in school.
Dreamers Resource Center celebrates one year anniversary
The Dreamers Resource Center at UTSA celebrated its one year anniversary on Jan 20. Following the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection status, many schools took to implementing and establishing resource centers for their Dreamer students. Following the shocking announcement, UTSA President Taylor Eighmy sent out an email ensuring all DACA students that they would remain protected by UTSA.
Status on the Dreamers Center
UTSA’s Dreamers Resource Center was opened for operations on Jan. 22 as part of one of President Eighmy’s initiatives aimed toward improving inclusion on campus.
The center, housed within the Student Center of Community Engagement and Inclusion (SCCEI), provides Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students with resources needed to navigate through college life and information that is more relevant to them.
Dreamer’s Center’ opens on main, downtown campus
Emmanuel Quiroz, a senior communication major, who was a member of the committee that proposed the Dreamer’s Center, said the momentum started with a small group of immigrants meeting in an apartment.