Update on Immigration Reform Press Conference with Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Publish Date: 
Jan 29, 2018

Hartnell College was honored to host a press conference with special guest Congressman Jimmy Panetta Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Steinbeck Hall, to provide students and the community with the latest information on efforts to pass permanent legislation in Washington D.C. to provide lasting immigration relief to keep families together and allow Dreamers a path to citizenship. The event was organized by Hartnell's Center for Achievement and Student Advancement (Mi CASA) to show continued support for Dreamer students and their families and provide accurate, updated information to the Hartnell community. Over 200 students, faculty, staff, and community leaders were in attendance.

Board President Manuel Osorio provided opening remarks and affirmed District support for DACA Recipients and other Dreamer students. I was there to reassure students that we will do anything within our power to support them on their education journey, and that we will not share any personal information with Immigration Enforcement officers in absence of a warrant or judicial order. Attorney Magnolia Zarraga provided an update on DACA and responded to legal questions related to immigration and immigration enforcement. Due to a recent federal ruling, all DACA recipients past and present are now eligible to renew their DACA permits. Hartnell College encourages students to renew as soon as possible and to contact Hartnell's Dreamer Center Mi CASA at (831) 755-6723 for more information about how to renew for free. In addition, Hartnell will be hosting a free DACA renewal clinic on February 2, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM in Steinbeck Hall.