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Immigration After the Election

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The 2016 presidential election is consequential and has instilled great concern and fear among immigrant communities. This page contains resources for immigrants and the broader community. (See the Centre Daily Times story on the resources available on this page.)

Upcoming Events:

Immigration in a New Administration: What Educators Need to Know


Wednesday, April 5
3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Panorama Village Building, Room A
240 Villa Crest Drive, State College, PA


The Trump Immigration Executive Orders: Impact on Arab and Muslim Communities

 Friday, April 14
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
 Apfelbaum Courtroom, Lewis Katz Building


Resources on Trump Executive Orders

DHS Posts Executive Orders, FAQ's, and Fact Sheets (February 21, 2017).

Snapshot of DHS Memoranda and Fact Sheets Interpreting Executive Orders, prepared by the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Feb. 24, 2017.

Executive Order: "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" (Interior Enforcement)
Spanish Translation
This Executive Order addresses immigration enforcement at the interior of the United States; lists new priorities for enforcement and removal; and seeks to penalize state and local jurisdictions who are defined as "sanctuaries," among other things.

Executive Order: "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements" (The Wall)
Spanish Translation
This Executive Order addresses the physical construction of a wall along the southern border; immigration enforcement and detention and removal at the border, among other things.

Executive Order: "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals" (Refugee/Muslim Ban)
Spanish Translation
This Executive Order suspends the refugee resettlement program for 120 days; indefinitely suspends the admission of Syrian refugees; and suspends entry by non-citizens from Muslim- and Arab-majority countries for at least 90 days, among other things.

  • Alert: On February 9, 2017, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the restraining order that prohibits the federal government from enforcing several sections of the January 27, 2017 Executive Order. This order applies nationwide. Please see our Questions and Answers document for more information.  

Additional U.S. Government Materials:

Resources from the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic and Other Organizations:

Executive Order: Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States (Muslim Ban 2.0), March 6, 2017.

Alert: On March 15, 2017, a federal district court in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking the most controversial sections of Muslim Ban 2.0. The district court converted this TRO to a Preliminary Injunction (PI) on March 29, 2017 after determining that the plaintiffs had standing and a likelihood of succeeding on the merits of their Establishment Clause claim. This decision is nationwide and blocks the implementation of the restriction on entry for individuals from six Muslim majority countries and key changes to the refugee program.

Statements on Executive Orders

Resources for the Immigrant Community

Immigration Law and Policy After the Executive Orders: Five Key Points
Five points to educate the community about immigration law and policy under the recent Executive Orders issued by President Trump. Written by Shova Sivaprasad Wadhia for Medium, March 25, 2017.

What Trump's Election Means for Your Immigration Status
We do not know what the new president will do on immigration, though we do know that he will likely make some changes to executive actions. This document includes information for immigrants and a list of legal resources and other forms of help. Este documento en español.

What All Immigrants Should Know Post-Election 2016
This website offers expert information on legal support, employment, DACA, deportation defense, and more. Site translations are available currently in Spanish, and soon in Korean.

Post-Election FAQ's
A full list of common questions and answers for the immigrant community regarding citizenship, "Muslim Registry", and much more.

Know Your Rights Refresher
As a reminder to immigrant communities, the NILC released a helpful guide that explains what individuals should do if they encounter law enforcement or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

Information on DACA by the National Immigration Law Center
Guidance from the NILC on how to apply for DACA, renew DACA, and other important information regarding DACA/DAPA.

Reporting Hate Crimes
Hate crimes can be reported online on the Southern Poverty Law Center website

Legal Services Providers and Referal List
A list of local and national attorneys providing immigration legal services.

Resources for Educators and Community Allies

Higher Education Resources

Penn State Update: Campus Climate
Up-to-date statements and resources regarding Penn State's position on immigration, changes in federal policy, and key issues impacting our community.

Penn State President Eric Barron's Statement in Support of DACA
"Penn State has an unwavering commitment to the education of all of our students. Signing this letter demonstrates our values of equal rights, access and freedom from discrimination, and we look to instill these beliefs in our students today, and for the future. Every Penn State student has earned the right to be here through their academic achievements and hard work, and is free to express their opinions with equal protection. Many DACA beneficiaries are outstanding contributors not only to our university but also to our country. These individuals have pursued opportunities in countless areas including business, education, technology, medical and legal, and continue to make a positive economic and social impact on our society. Penn State is a welcoming and inclusive university that strives to create an environment where everyone can teach, learn and live in safety and comfort."

American Council on Education Immigration Post-Election Q & A
Here you will find key information on DACA students, "Sanctuary campuses," and institutional or community assistance, as well as further resources. 

Immigration Law and Policy After the Election: Six Key Points
The current framework for immigration law has not changed and will remain intact until January 20, 2017. The content of future immigration proposals is uncertain, but there is a good reason to believe that immigrants will be the target of greater enforcement and scrutiny. This document contains six points to educate the community about immigration law and policy after the election. Este documento en español.

College Presidents Call for DACA Continuation
Several U.S. college and university presidents have signed on to a statement for the continuation of the DACA Program, as it has benefitted undocumented students. Penn State President Eric Barron is among the signatories.

K-12 Resources

Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder Issue Guidance for School Districts
This guidance is to ensure equal access for all children to public schools, regardless of immigration status.

Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation
Manual from the Appleseed Network that outlines how to have a plan in advance to deal with financial and family issues in the face of deportation, arrest, etc.

Immigrant Students' Rights to Attend Public Schools
Explains the right of immigrant children to attend public school, based on the Plyler vs. Doe case.

'Your Child is Safe': Schools Address Deportation Fears Among Immigrant Families, Washington Post, March 19, 2017.

All Children Belong Here
A pledge from the Anti-Bias Education Exchange. Also available in Spanish.

10 Ways to Support Students Facing Immigration Crises
An essay explaining how faculty members and administrators can help immigrant students during this uncertain time.

Guidance for Schools Post-Election
As a trusted institution in immigrant families’ lives, schools can play a critical role in ensuring immigrant families have access to important information and resources. This document includes what schools can do to help, as well as other resources and information.

Recommendations for School Administrators, Educators, Counselors, and Undocumented Students
The My Undocumented Life blog has identified steps that schools and universities can take to support undocumented students. 

Collaboration with the State College Borough

The Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic is continuing its collaboration with local government officials in an effort to inform the local community and help shape local policy regarding immigration after the presidential election.

Borough Council Passes Resolution in Collaboration with Clinic

Video of Borough Council ResolutionThe Borough of State College is officially an inclusive and welcoming place for immigrants and local residents regardless of their immigration status, thanks to a formal resolution that came out of a partnership with the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. The resolution—which was unanimously passed by the State College Borough Council on Jan. 9—was written in collaboration with Penn State Law professor and Immigrants’ Rights Clinic director Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia. 

Click the image above to view video of the Borough Council passing the resolution (skip to 20:33/Chapter 4).

News Coverage of Resolution

More information on the clinic's work with the State College Borough can be found on the clinic's In Our Community webpage, including:

Resources by Topic

     Muslim Registry/NSEERS Program
     Crimes and Immigration

Muslim Registry/NSEERS Program

There have been several press accounts about the new Administration’s plan to register certain nationalities or religions under a program known as NSEERS or the National Security Entry and Exit Registration System.

Importantly, the regulatory structure giving rise to NSEERS was dismantled on December 23, 2016 so any similar program would have to be created from scratch.

The NSEERS program was created in the wake of 9/11 and caused remarkable consequences because of the costs, ineffectiveness, and discriminatory nature of the program. Professor Wadhia and the clinic have studied the impact of the NSEERS program in the decade following 9/11 – some resources appear below. These resources will help shed light on the history and operation of the NSEERS program.

For the community: NSEERS or a similar program has not started at this time. If you have concerns or questions about how a registration program might affect you please contact the clinic at

We will continue to provide updates on this page. 

1. Professor Shoba Wadhia explains the end of NSEERS, the final rule that ended NSEERS, and the end of special registration.

2. Read the federal government's final rule on NSEERS, available through the Government Publishing Office.

3. Op-ed, The Hill: 9/11 Flashback and the Future of Immigration Policy

4. Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: NSEERS: The Consequences of America’s Efforts to Secure Its Borders

5. Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights and Rights Working Group:
The NSEERS Effect: A Decade of Racial Profiling, Fear, and Secrecy

6. Penn State Law Video: Changes to the NSEERS Program

7. Race Matters Blog: For years, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Penn State Law's Center for Immigrants' Rights maintained a blog chronicling legal changes and advocacy efforts to end the NSEERS program. This archive appears here.

8. Professor Wadhia for Medium: This article explains the history of NSEERS and provides additional resources regarding the program's past and potential future.


Bridge Act to Support Dreamers
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor about new bipartisan legislation to ensure that the young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers remain shielded from deportation under a Trump Administration. Like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act would provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

2013 DACA Workshop Presentation
Slides outlining what DACA is and how it works from the Center for Immigrants' Right Clinic.

MALDEF FAQ for Students, Educators, and Social Service Providers (English and Spanish)
Answers to common questions regarding what we know at this point about what a Trump presidency might mean for immigrants.

What Does the 2016 Election Mean for Immigrant Communities?
A one-page primer on what you need to know, how to prepare your family, and what to consider before applying for DACA 2012.

Educators for Fair Consideration
What we know and what we can do right now with DACA, moving forward under President-Elect Trump.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The latest in DACA and DAPA, including post-election talking points and resources.

Immigration Law and Policy Post-Election: Six Key Points
The 2016 election is consequential and has instilled great concern and fear among immigrant communities. Importantly, the current framework for immigration law has not changed and will remain intact until January 20, 2017. Here are six points to educate the community about immigration law and policy after the election.

Defiance and Anxiety Among Undocumented Youth in Trump’s America
Article from The New Yorker about reaction from undocumented youth after Donald Trump's election.

Crimes and Immigration

Guide to Representing Non-Citizen Criminal Defendants in Pennsylvania
This resource, revised October 2016, was developed by Marla I. Samora, Esq., and any questions regarding its content should be directed to her at:
Marla I. Samora, Esquire
Defender Association of Philadelphia
1441 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(267) 765-6673

Archived Post-Election Clinic Events

Executive Orders on Immigration: Where Have We Been and What Lies Ahead?

On Feb. 24, the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic hosted a discussion and Q&A session regarding President Trump's recent Executive Orders on immigration.


Archived Video



Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic Information Session on President Trump's Executive Orders

On February 3, the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic in partnership with the State College Borough held an information sessions on President Donald Trump's executive orders as they pertain to immigration and immigrants rights, which brought together more than 200 concerned community members. 

Community Dialogue Addressing Race, Immigration and Diversity Post-Election 
6:00 p.m., November 17, 2016 at 329 Innovation Boulevard, Suite 118

community dialogue was held at 6:00 p.m. on November 17, which brought together residents and members from our school district, law enforcement, local groups, and beyond. Messages and resources were shared to spark others to raise questions and identify concerns. 


Statewide Teach-In: Immigrants' Rights
4:30 - 7:30 p.m., January 12, 2017 at Penn State Law

A statewide teach-in regarding post-election immigration and immigrants' rights was held in the auditorium of the Lewis Katz Building, and was open to the public. It was also live-streamed to a cohort of students and scholars at Penn Law in Philadelphia. Speakers discussed immigration 101, sanctuary and asylum, constitutional rights of immigrants, and much more. Video and photos from the event are available below.

News Coverage of the Teach-In: