Resources for our DREAMers

We know that the President’s recent move to end DACA has created a lot of uncertainty and worry in our CUNY community, especially for our DREAMers. We do not collect information about immigration status for CUNY BA students, so we don’t know which of you are DACA holders, but we want you to know that we are here for you and will provide you with whatever support we can during this difficult time. You will find some resources below but you may reach out to Kate McPherson if you think there’s anything CUNY BA can do to support you more directly or if you are feeling unsure of where to turn.

Legal Advice

Please be cautious about taking legal advice from well-intentioned friends, family or community members and make sure that you consult one of these free legal services.
CUNY Citizenship Now!
CUNY Citizenship Now! provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S. citizenship. Our attorneys and paralegals offer one-on-one consultations to assess participants’ eligibility for legal benefits and assist them in applying when qualified.
Action NYC
ActionNYC is for every immigrant New Yorker. It offers free, safe immigration legal help in a network of trusted community organizations and schools.**You must make an appointment to receive services. To make an appointment, call 1-800-354-0365 between 9AM-6PM, Monday – Friday or call 311 and say “ActionNYC”.**
Office for New Americans Hotline
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the Office for New Americans (ONA) to assist newcomers to New York State who are eager to contribute to our economy and become part of the family of New York State. The New Americans hotline is a toll-free, multi-lingual hotline. The hotline provides live assistance in more than 200 languages. Anyone can call the hotline for information and referrals, regardless of citizenship or documented status. Calls to the hotline are confidential and anonymous. Contact them at 1-800-566-7636 to get connected with legal services.

Paying that $495 Renewal Fee

Mission Asset Fund is offering full scholarships to cover the $495 DACA renewal fee! Learn more here. Get Involved in Advocacy

CUNY DREAMers was founded by undocumented students to organize and advocate for an equal access to higher education; their mission is to build a network of support to help with the college retention and successful graduation of undocumented students. They organize, advocate and support all progressive policies that protect and provides opportunities to undocumented Americans. Services include professional development workshops, leadership and advocacy trainings, annual conferences, public forums, free workshops on different topics that are of interested to the undocumented immigrant community, bridge relationships to refer undocumented students to academic advising, scholarships, internships, personal counseling, free legal services, and get access to lots of networking opportunities.
Stand with Immigrants
#STANDWITHIMMIGRANTS is a collaboration between the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), The Advocates for Human Rights, UnidosUS, and Pro Bono Net to empower legal advocates and other allies across the United States.
New York Immigration Coalition
The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all.  The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.
Immigration Advocates Network
The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants’ rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them.
United We Dream
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.​

Health & Wellness

NYC Well
If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed – help is available.
It’s normal to feel anxiety and stress. ThriveNYC will give you access to mental health supports in your language. Call 1-888-NYC-WELL, text “WELL” to 65173, or go online by clicking the title above.

DACA Policy Change FAQS

IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents, which gives all of us the opportunity to show who we are—New Yorkers. As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures the peace of mind and access to City services that come from having recognized identification.
Know Your Rights
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Know Your Rights allows immigrants to prepare for interactions they may have with immigration officials and police personnel.