Welcome to the Monarch Dream Center! ¡Bienvenidos al Centro Monarca!
On July 16, 2021, Judge Andrew Hanen issued a ruling categorizing DACA as unlawful and, as a result, has partially ended the DACA program. This ruling is a result of a lawsuit filed in 2018 by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and joined by nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, S. Carolina, and West Virginia.
DACA was deemed unlawful, and as such, new DACA applications will not be processed. Current DACA recipients are still eligible to renew applications. All protections afforded to current DACA recipients remain valid. It is important to note that is court decision is expected to be appealed.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Cuesta College continues our commitment to our community, by supporting our DACAmented and undocumented students, staff, and faculty. Despite changes in DACA, our undocumented community deserves to feel safe and uplifted on our campus. As an institution, we reassert the importance of cultivating a campus that is deeply committed to welcoming and supporting members in our community. The Monarch Dream Center is a resource and we have services to support you.
We are committed to provide a welcoming space where undocumented students and their families can feel safe, valued and supported. Our center facilitates access to Cuesta’s services as well as local and state resources to ensure the personal and academic success of the undocumented students and their families.
Nuestro compromiso es proveer un lugar amigable a estudiantes indocumentados y sus familias donde puedan sentirse seguros, valorados y sobre todo apoyados. El centro facilitará acceso a servicios disponibles en Cuesta así como recursos de la comunidad y del estado de California para asegurar el éxito personal y académico de nuestros estudiantes indocumentados.
The Monarch Dream Centers have gone virtual!
Although our offices are physically closed, we are open and available to help through email, phone and Zoom. We are committed to supporting you during these unknown and challenging times.
Aunque nuestras oficinas están físicamente cerradas, estamos abiertos y disponibles para ayudar por correo electrónico, teléfono y Zoom. Estamos comprometidos a apoyarlo durante estos tiempos desconocidos y desafiantes.
Zoom Virtual Lobby Hours: Monday- Thursday, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Spanish and English
Disponible en Español e Inglés.
For assistance or questions, please contact Estella Vazquez via email.
Emergency Funding Available
Cuesta has emergency funding available to help undocumented and mixed status students. Funding can be utilized to cover emergency costs due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
12/04/2020: DACA Update
Source / Immigrants Rising
On Friday, December 4, 2020, a New York judge ordered the federal government to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to its original state.
The decision restores the DACA program completely. Initial, renewal, and Advance Parole applications will be accepted by USCIS.
- Can continue to apply to renew their DACA
- DACA protections and benefits will continue (ex. deportation protection and work permits)
- Who were issued a 1-year work permit in the last year, will be automatically extended by USCIS to 2-years. Click here to learn more
Who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for the initial DACA application. Check out our Steps to Apply for DACA for the First Time to learn more.
It is important that you speak with an immigration attorney to understand your situation and eligibility. See below for information about free legal services.
For frequently asked questions regarding these changes, click here.
Update: On December 7, 2020, DHS and USCIS updated their websites to comply with the court’s order.