Mt. San Jacinto College partners with TODEC to provide immigration legal services

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SAN JACINTO – Mt. San Jacinto College has partnered with the Perris-based Training Occupational Development Educating Communities Legal Center to provide free legal support services to faculty, staff and undocumented students at the college.

The TODEC Legal Center provides assistance with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program renewals and immigration screenings and consultations. The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, June 18, upheld the DACA program, which allows undocumented individuals who were brought here as infants or minors to attend colleges and universities and work in this country in order to contribute to their communities. Mt. San Jacinto College is fully committed to serving its DACA students and will continue to support their educational goals.

The TODEC partnership will provide students, their families, and the college community with information related to resources specifically for DACA, Assembly Bill 540 and Dreamers. Mt. San Jacinto College and TODEC Legal Center will not violate the HIPAA privacy rule, FERPA or California state regulations. 

TODEC’s mission is to empower disenfranchised immigrant communities to become economically, socially, educationally and civically self-sufficient while enhancing individual self-esteem and community health. The overall purpose of TODEC is to ensure equitable access to information, immigration legal services, community education, advocacy, and civic engagement for limited and non-English speaking people, including immigrants and migrant workers throughout the Inland Empire and Imperial and Inyo counties.

The collaboration between Mt. San Jacinto College and TODEC is part of a pilot project led by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the California Department of Social Services and the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Following a competitive process, Mt. San Jacinto College was selected as one of 65 California community colleges to receive grant funding to host legal immigration services during this pilot phase. While not every college is a host, students from non-host colleges will be able to access services from host colleges such as Mt. San Jacinto College.

For more information, visit http://www.msjc.edu/dreamers.

Submitted by Mt. San Jacinto College.