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Sanctuary college: a place for all

Message from the PCC President
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“At the heart of Portland Community College is a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. These values are essential to the college’s mission, to our accreditation themes, to the Board’s goals and objectives, and to the college’s strategic plan. In keeping with these values, the Portland Community College Board of Directors has moved to apply the term ‘sanctuary college’ to PCC.”Mark Mitsui
President, Portland Community College

See the complete statement, board resolution, and PCC procedure regarding immigration enforcement

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The PCC community is disheartened by this decision and reaffirm Portland Community College’s support of and commitment to our DREAMERs, DACA, and Undocumented students.

The upcoming SCOTUS DACA decision

PCC will be collaborating with Causa’s 24-hour preparedness plan around a SCOTUS decision on DACA.

The court will announce next Thursday or Friday some of the decision days for June. The decision could come on any of the following dates: June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29.

What should DREAMers do now?
  • Renew! 
    • If a DACA work permit expires in one year or less, the beneficiary should renew ASAP
    • $495 USCIS fee, prior approval, 2 passport photos
    • 3 weeks turnaround
  • Get a full immigration legal consultation
    • You may be eligible for some other form of relief
    • Other DACA beneficiaries have been eligible for a green card, consular processing, or U visa

We are aware that many PCC members are experiencing uncertainty and anxiety around this matter. I encourage you to explore the resources within PCC and our community that are included below and that you reach out for support as needed. You are valuable members of our community and we support our DREAMers!

PCC resources
  • Your FERPA rights at PCC
    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the education records of any student who has ever enrolled at PCC.
  • Report an incident
    At PCC, we take care of each other. We keep each other healthy, protected, and free from self-harm. Are you worried about a student? Did you see something questionable? Are you experiencing discrimination in the workplace? Please tell someone!
  • Dean of Students
    Your Deans of Students are committed to helping you thrive at PCC – in and out of the classroom. We are committed to promoting the success, dignity, and worth of every student and to providing a safe and culturally inclusive environment for learning and growth. It is our goal that you understand your rights as a student and we are here to help you navigate when you hit a challenge. We will also help you understand your responsibilities as a member of our college community.

  • Counseling Services
    PCC offers free, confidential, short-term (1-8 sessions) counseling services to currently-enrolled students. Counselors assist students with academic, personal, and career counseling, and work with students to improve study skills, reduce test anxiety, choose a career, manage stress, and locate community resources.
  • Multicultural Center
    The Multicultural Center provides a brave space, a welcoming environment to support, retain, and empower diverse students to achieve academic excellence and become brave leaders who challenge and dismantle systems of oppression within PCC and their communities.
  • Women’s Resource Center
    The Portland Community College Women’s Resource Centers provide a central location for services that support the academic achievement of women and promote a campus community that is safe, inclusive, and equitable. Our goal is to increase access to education for women, improve the retention of women students at the college, and encourage women’s leadership development. We welcome students of all genders.
  • Queer Resource Center
    The Portland Community College Queer Resource Centers facilitate a campus community that intentionally advocates for, supports, and empowers students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexualities, sexes, gender identities, and gender expressions. We conduct educational outreach as well as provide a safer, welcoming space that offers both academic and personal support to Portland Community College’s LGBTQQ and Ally communities.
  • Veterans Resource Center
    The Veterans Resource Centers provide a safer space for our veteran students to receive peer networking support services and resources to improve their successful integration into educational society. We provide an environment where veterans can go to deescalate, decompress, network and socialize with other veterans.
  • Career Exploration Center
    PCC Career Resource Centers are the place to go for help with exploring career options and finding career information.
  • Public Safety
    • Emergency: 971-722-4444 or 911
      Report crime, suspicious activity or injury
    • Non-Emergency: 971-722-4902
      Safety escorts and other non-emergency services
  • PCC’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Benefitted staff only
    The EAP provides services free and confidential services to help people privately resolve problems that may interfere with work, family, and other important areas of life. The EAP provides FREE and confidential services to eligible employees, their spouses or domestic partner’s, dependents, and household members, related or not.
Financial resources
  • Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)
    In Oregon, eligible undocumented students have access to several ways to help pay for college. You can start by filling out the ORSAA to be eligible for state financial aid.
  • PCC DREAMers Scholarship
    Students are eligible for this scholarship opportunity if they are first generation college students, demonstrate financial need, ineligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid, preference given to students who speak Spanish, scholarship recipients will be invited to participate in a leadership program offered through the PCC Multicultural Center during the scholarship year. Applications will open up again in December 2017.
  • PCC Emergency Fund
    PCC has an emergency fund to support DREAMers and undocumented students – contact luz.villarroel15@pcc.edu[opens in new window] to apply.
  • Emergency loans and grants
    The college has limited funds either in small grant form (free money) or short-term, interest-free loans (money that needs to be repaid) to help students who experience a financial emergency that makes it difficult to stay in school.
  • PCC payment plan
    Our interest-free payment plans allows students to spread the cost of their education into affordable monthly or bi-weekly payments.
Other student development resources
  • The Illumination Project
    The Illumination Project (IP) is an innovative student leadership and education program designed to foster a climate of equality, compassion, justice, and respect for all people in the PCC academic community and the community-at-large. Offers students 12 tuition free/reduced credits in a supportive environment.
  • Transiciones Oeste Cohort Program
    Rock Creek Women’s Resource Center
    Transiciones Oeste is a strength-based program that offers a supportive learning community tailored to Latina women transitioning to college. It provides nine free credits, including College Survival & Success, Today’s Careers, and Introduction to Women’s Studies.
    We are the students of Portland Community College. Each campus has its own ASPCC organization with different activities, events and clubs. As a PCC student you may participate in any and all that each group has to offer. There are many paid student leadership positions and always room for volunteers. Get involved, build your resume and have fun! We are here to support you!
Community resources
List of attorney referrals
  • Casos Generales
    • Immigrant Law Group: 503-241-0035 (spanish)
    • Teresa Statler: 503-220-4185 (spanish)
    • Immigration Counseling Services: 503-221-1689 (spanish)
    • Philip Hornik: 503-243-2733 (spanish)
    • Jennifer Morrissey: 503-224-5560 (spanish)
    • Renee Cummings/Anna Ciesielski: 503-776-7900 (spanish)
    • Ali Schneider: 503-764-9890 (spanish)
    • Rachel Aitchison: 503-445-0130 (spanish)
    • Kim Le: 503-517-0054 (spanish)
  • Casos de detencion
    • Jesse Maanao (good with criminal): 503-577-9611 (english)
    • Tilman Hasche: 503-241-1320 (spanish)
    • Jeff Gonzalez: 503-274-1680 (spanish)
    • Diana Bailey: 503-224-0950 (spanish)
    • Rachel Game (Salem): 503-363-9903 (spanish)
    • Justin Rollin: 503-274-1680 (spanish)
    • John Marandas: 503-697-4834 (spanish)
    • Nicole Nelson/Phillip Smith: 503-224-8600 (spanish)
    • David Shomloo: 503-220-5045 (spanish)
    • Eileen Sterlock: 503-928-4163 (spanish)
    • Cole Enabnit & Eduardo Herrera (NWICD): 503-674-7434
    • Irma Valdez: 503-893-2150 (spanish)
  • Casos de empleo/negocios
    • Brent Renison: 503-597-7190 (spanish translators)
    • Nicole Nelson (Also tourist visas): 503-224-8600 (spanish)
    • Jennifer Morrisey: 503-224-5560 (spanish)
    • Dagmar Butte: 503-241-1320 (spanish)
    • Brad Maier: 503-796-2440 (spanish)
    • Jimmy Go: 503-224-8654 (spanish)
  • Casos de violencia domestica
    • Catholic Charities: 503-231-4866 (spanish)
    • Sherilyn Waxler: 503-281-0990 (spanish)
    • Ali Schneider: 503-764-9890 (spanish)
    • Renee Cummings/Anna Ciesielski: 503-776-7900 (free consults for survivors) (spanish)
  • Otros
    • SOAR (limited case types): 503-284-3002
    • Robin Pope (Intl adoptions with immigration): 503-352-3524
  • Seattle/Tacoma
    • Erin Hall and Shannon Underwood: 206-787-1406 (spanish)
    • Robert Pauw/ Devin Theriott Orr: 206-682-1080 (spanish)
    • Manny Rios (Manuel Rios): 206-749-5600 (spanish)
    • NW Immigrant Rights Project: 253-383-0519 (spanish)
  • Eugene, OR
    • Katrina Kilgren: 541-600-8864 (spanish)
  • Bend, OR
    • Callie Killebrew: 541-633-7933 (spanish)
  • Southern Oregon
    • John Almaguer: 541-772-6969 (spanish)
  • Criminal defense attorneys
    • David Celuch (Multnomah County/Cons free): 503-388-4325 (no spanish)
    • Andrew Myers (Wasco County, Hood River): 541-296-9601 (spanish only)
    • Christopher McCormack (Multnomah County): 503-224-4825 (spanish)
  • Worker’s right
    • Wage labor claims for Spanish speakers: Oregon hotline: 1-877-552-9832
    • Northwest Workers Justice Project (NWJP): 503-525-8454 (spanish)
  • Family law
    • St. Andrews Legal Clinic (divorce/child custody)
      • NE Portland: 503-281-1500
      • Hillsboro: 503-648-1600
  • Domestic violence advocates
    • Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)
      • 24 hour crisis line: 503-640-5311 (spanish)
      • Office: 503-626-9100 (spanish)
    • El Programa Hispano Project UNICA
      • 24 hour Spanish crisis line: 503-232-4448
      • Gresham Office: 503-669-8350 (spanish)
      • Portland Office: 503-688-2630 (spanish)
    • The Gateway Center
      • Office: 503-988-6400
      • After hrs: Portland Women’s Crisis Line: 503-235-5333

Para más abogados visite AILA’s Immigration Lawyer Search

National resources
  • United We Dream – Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP)
    Seeks to organize and empower Undocumented Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer immigrants, LGBTQ immigrants and allies to address social and systemic barriers that affect themselves and the broader LGBTQ and immigrant community.
  • We Are Here To Stay
    This site is powered and updated by immigrant youth on the latest informational and advocacy resources.
  • My Undocumented Life
    Find up-to-date information and resources on DACA, scholarships, education, internships, and financial and legal assistance.
  • Transgender Law Center
    Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
  • National Suicide Hotline
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline

DACA Facts

DACA Recipients Live in and Contribute to Nearly Every Community Across the Country

All DACA recipients have lived in the United States for at least a decade, and many for much longer. The average Dreamer came to the United States at the age of seven and is now 25 years old. They were educated in American elementary, middle, and high schools, and many have earned degrees from U.S. universities. Dreamers are Americans in virtually every single way, except on paper.

Dreamers are deeply integrated in nearly every community across the United States. They work as nurses, teachers, and engineers; they go to our schools, teach our children, play on our kids’ sports teams, and worship alongside us in our churches.

Nearly 700,000 young people in the U.S. have applied and currently hold DACA. Across the country, more than 1.5 million people live with a DACA recipient.

DACA recipients contribute more than $42 billion to the annual GDP in the U.S.

These hardworking young people came forward and volunteered their personal information to the government in good faith, but that very same information could now be used to target them for deportation if Congress fails to take action.

Dreamers Own Homes, Start Businesses That Employ Americans, and Pay Billions of Dollars in Taxes Every Year
  • Nearly $2 billion contributed by Dreamers to Social Security annually
  • Nearly $470 million paid into Medicare by Dreamers every year
  • Up to $1 trillion added to the U.S. GDP over a decade if permanent protections for Dreamers are passed
  • 96% of Dreamers are either working or in school
  • 6% of Dreamers have launched their own business
  • 60% of Dreamers have purchased a vehicle.
  • 14% of Dreamers have purchased their own home, and they pay an estimated $380 million in property taxes every year.
Hurting DACA Recipients Hurts Everyone

Dreamers have deep roots in their communities across the country; uprooting their lives hurts not only them, but millions of their loved ones, neighbors, and employers.

Dreamers are also the parents to hundreds of thousands of U.S.-born citizen children; Congress’ failure to pass a permanent legislative solution would be directly responsible for ripping apart thousands of American families.

Since DACA’s rescission in 2017, every year nearly 100,000 Dreamers graduate from high school without DACA or protection from deportation, harming their work prospects and limiting their access to higher education.

The U.S. will lose nearly $93 billion in federal tax revenue over a 10-year period if DACA recipients are unable to remain in the country.


Center for American Progress, Axios, Migration Policy Institute, American Action Forum, New American Economy, Zillow, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Cato Institute