Welcome to the AIM to Dream Center
The mission of the Advance , Innovate, and Maintain(AIM) to Dream Center is to help students overcome the unique challenges that get in the way of achieving academic, personal and professional excellence. The Center is committed in advocating for undocumented students who want to pursue the dream of higher education.
AIM to Dream Center Hours
Santa Maria (K 11C)
Monday & Tuesday: 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lompoc Valley Center (2-111)
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
The AIM to Dream Center is open for in-person services as well as remote (phone/zoom). If you are on campus, we encourage you to come in and utilize our services and/or receive help!
If you need assistance, please email email@example.com or call us at 805-922-6966 Ext. 3177.
Meet our staff:
Program Specialist/Interim AIM to Dream Coordinator
Google Voice: 805-285-2681
AIM Learning Facilitator
Google Voice: 805-242-2215
AIM Learning Facilitator
Google Voice: 805-779-1126
Scholarships ( JUNE 2022)
Workshops for October
Undocumented Week Of Action 2022
Students at California Community Colleges and organizations are engaging in a week of activities created to support and build awareness about undocumented students throughout the state. All activities are open to students, faculty, and staff. We encourage you to participate in the following workshops.
DREAM Club: Meeting Dates
FREE IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES
Allan Hancock College and UFW Foundation are partnering to provide free immigration legal services to All students, faculty, and staff.
Students enrolled, in any capacity, at California Community Colleges can now access FREE immigration legal support from trusted direct service organizations.
CA Community College Undocumented Resources
CA Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program:
National Immigration Legal Services Directory
Use the link below to search for immigration legal services providers by state, county, or detention facility. Only nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services are included in this directory.
IMPORTANT DACA UPDATE (OCTOBER 2022)
Announcement from our President, Kevin Walthers.
Colleagues and students,
Today a panel of three judges in the 5th Circuit Appeals Court issued a mixed ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. We know that DACA is a critical part of our college and community as it provides the ability for many young people who were brought to the United States as children temporary relief from deportation and to work in the United States.
In the ruling the justices found the original formation of the DACA program to be unlawful, but kept the program intact as they referred the case back to lower courts to consider the legality of new rule making enacted by the Biden Administration.
What does this mean for our DACA students and employees? This means that the current DACA program is still viable and those with DACA status have the ability to apply for renewal – and should apply ASAP. However, new applications are not being processed by USCIS.
Even with what turned out to be a better ruling than we expected, many are likely still anxious about the future of our program. For faculty and staff, please be aware of the stress this may place on those in our college community who are directly impacted by this decision. For students, if you or someone you know needs assistance, we have many resources to help you. Students (even those without DACA status) are encouraged to check in with the AIM to DREAM Center online or on either campus (room K-11C on the Santa Maria Campus and room 2-111 at the Lompoc Valley Center). Free immigration legal services are available for all students, staff, and faculty of the California community colleges through findyourally.com.
We also have resources available for students through our counseling department and the student health center.
Please know that Allan Hancock College values all students, staff, and faculty, and will stand up in solidarity for all who are seeking to engage in our inclusive learning environment.
With great thanks for the work of our faculty and staff along with the courage of our students,
Colegas y estudiantes,
Hoy, un panel de tres jueces en la Corte de Apelaciones del quinto Circuito emitió un fallo mixto sobre el programa de Acción Diferida para los que llegaron en la Infancia, o DACA. Sabemos que DACA es una parte fundamental de nuestra Universidad y nuestra comunidad, ya que brinda la posibilidad de que muchos jóvenes que fueron traídos a los Estados Unidos cuando eran niños tengan un alivio temporal de la deportación y trabajen en los Estados Unidos.
En el fallo, los jueces encontraron que la formación original del programa DACA era ilegal, pero mantuvieron el programa intacto y remitieron el caso a los tribunales inferiores para considerar la legalidad de la nueva normativa promulgada por la Administración Biden.
¿Qué significa esto para nuestros estudiantes y empleados de DACA? Esto significa que el programa DACA actual sigue siendo viable y aquellos con estatus DACA tienen la capacidad de solicitar la renovación, y deben hacerlo lo antes posible. Sin embargo, USCIS no está procesando nuevas solicitudes.
Incluso con lo que resultó ser una decisión mejor de lo que esperábamos, es probable que muchos todavía estén ansiosos por el futuro de nuestro programa. Para la facultad y el personal, tenga en cuenta el estrés que esto puede generar en aquellos en nuestra comunidad universitaria que se ven directamente afectados por esta decisión. Para los estudiantes, si usted o alguien que conoce necesita ayuda, tenemos muchos recursos para ayudarlo. Estudiantes (incluso aquellos sin estatus Daca) los animamos a registrarse en el Centro AIM to DREAM en línea o en cualquiera de los campus (sala K-11C en el campus de Santa Maria y habitación 2-111 en el Centro Lompoc Valley). Los servicios legales de inmigración gratuitos están disponibles para todos los estudiantes, el personal y la facultad de los colegios comunitarios de California a través de findyourally.com.
También tenemos recursos disponibles para estudiantes a través de nuestro departamento de consejería y el centro de salud estudiantil.
Tenga en cuenta que Allan Hancock College valora a todos los estudiantes, el personal y la facultad, y se solidarizará con todos los que buscan participar en nuestro entorno de aprendizaje inclusivo.
Con gran agradecimiento por el trabajo de nuestra facultad y personal junto con el valor de nuestros Estudiantes.
IMPORTANT DACA UPDATE (JULY 2021):
On July 16, 2021, a federal judge issued a decision and permanent injunction in Texas v. United States. Whereas previous litigation focused on challenging the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, in this case the state of Texas and eight other states argued that the DACA policy was unlawfully created in the first place under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Take Care Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
In Texas v. United States, the judge sided with the plaintiff states and found that the DACA policy is unlawful under the APA and remanded the policy to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to attempt to align the DACA policy with APA requirements.
While more changes to the DACA policy are expected in the upcoming weeks and months, including new guidance from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), new regulations on DACA by DHS, and an appeal of this case, below is a list of frequently asked questions for practitioners that will be updated as more information becomes available.
What does the decision mean for persons who currently have DACA?
The judge temporarily stayed his decision to remand the DACA policy to DHS as it relates to persons who obtained DACA on or before July 16, 2021. This means that persons who currently have DACA can continue to submit renewal requests.
Can you submit requests for persons whose DACA have expired?
According to the decision, DHS is only prevented from approving initial DACA requests after July 16, 2021. As such, persons who previously had obtained DACA on or before July 16, 2021, but whose status have expired can continue submitting requests and getting those requests approved so long as it has not been one year or more since the expiration date. Unfortunately, USCIS treats requests filed a year or more after the expiration as initial DACA requests and is currently prevented from approving them.
Can DACA recipients continue to request Advance Parole?
Yes. USCIS has clarified that it will continue to approve Advance Parole requests for persons who currently have DACA and meet all other requirements. That being said, it is important to discuss the risks associated with upcoming changes to the DACA policy before deciding to travel outside the United States. See our practice advisory Requesting Advance Parole and Traveling Outside the United States Under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals for more information on eligibility for Advance Parole.
Allan Hancock DACA Statement
WASHINGTON—A federal judge in New York invalidated Trump administration rules narrowing the program that protects immigrants living in the U.S. since childhood without legal permission, ruling the restrictions were improperly issued.
This restores the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to near-full operation. That means, for the first time since September 2017, new applicants who were not previously eligible, typically because they were too young, may now apply.
July 28, 2020, despite the Supreme Court ruling that USCIS must reinstate the DACA program to its entirety, USCIS issued a memo with the following key information for current DACA recipients and those interested in applying for DACA for the first time:
- Future renewals will only be issued for 1 year instead of 2 years.
- Pending new DACA applications that were pending will be denied.
- Advanced Parole applications will be denied unless DACA recipients can prove “exceptional circumstances” for the request.The fight for our DACA community and DREAMERS is not over. We will continue to update you on changes as they develop.