Statement regarding DACA Program

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dear SPSCC Students, 

For more than 50 years, we have celebrated and welcomed students from all backgrounds. A diverse and vibrant student body has driven our vision to be a campus that mirrors the diversity in our community and builds prosperity throughout the region.

All who seek a fuller life through education are welcome here.

Today’s news regarding President Trump’s announcement to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or the DACA program, has left us profoundly disappointed and saddened and does nothing to alter our commitment to you.

Based on what we understand at this time, DACA students are not affected for fall quarter. We don’t know what changes will happen with the DACA program in the next six months, but we will continue to serve all students with respect and dignity, and provide open access to education and training.

This is the heart of what we do, to support all students, through hard work, resilience and drive, to accomplish their dreams.

Across our state, the message we share is united: We are proud of our DACA students, and we stand by them.

Thank you,

Dr. Timothy Stokes, SPSCC President

Additional Information & Resources:

  • Joint statement by the Council of Presidents, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Independent Colleges of Washington, and the Washington Student Achievement Council on the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • Washington’s DREAMers face fast deadline for renewals; new initiative will help pay application fees

    Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Washington state DREAMers will soon have assistance in paying the $495 application fee to apply for a two-year extension of their status in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Advocates recommend DREAMers mail their applications no later than October 3, 2017 to make sure they are received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services by the October 5 deadline.

    "Nearly 18,000 DREAMers call Washington state home, and the cruel actions of the Trump Administration threatens the ability of these aspiring young men and women to go to school or work," Inslee said. "This program will help lessen the financial impact on the DREAmers and their families."

    The application fee for DREAMers will be covered by a private donation and administered through the Mission Asset Fund (MAF) in San Francisco. No state funds are being used for the application fees.

    With the anonymous, private donation of $125,000, approximately 250 Washington residents will be eligible for DACA application fee scholarships.

    Washington state has formed a DACA Renewal Coalition to implement the application fee donation program. The leading organizations of the Coalition will be the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), a legal services provider; the Washington Dream Act Coalition, a grassroots youth-led movement; the Mission Asset Fund (MAF), an organization that is currently providing scholarship funds to DACA recipients; and the state’s Office of Refugees and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA).

    Earlier this month, Inslee wrote an op-ed on the repeal of DACA.

    For more information or to apply for the scholarship, visit