Immigration Policy & Resources

San Francisco, A Sanctuary City

California, San Francisco, and SFUSD are and will always be sanctuaries committed to standing up for immigrant communities. We want all of our students, caregivers, and staff to be prepared and know their rights. 

The City’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs at 415-581-2360, or online at https://immigrants.sfgov.org/, continues to offer support and resources.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)

DACA was created in 2012 to give some undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children temporary protection from deportation and access to a work permit. 

On December 4, 2020, a federal judge rescinded the July 2020 memorandum that limited the DACA program. This decision means that, for now, new DACA applications, renewals, and advance parole requests will be accepted, and DACA protections and work permits will be extended to two years.

  • For more information on the DACA requirements, go to the Immigrant and Legal Resource Center's DACA page.
  • For a list of all SF-based providers who will provide DACA application services for free, go to Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs' (OCEIA) DACA webpage. Register for free virtual workshop on January 26th here.
  • For immigration fee assistance, complete online application at Mission Asset Fund
  • For current and former SFUSD students, email transcripts@sfusd.edu for your transcript records. There is no transcript fee for DACA applicants (link to more transcript information).

Legal Consults

If you are concerned about possible interactions with immigration officials, please consult with an attorney. Legal Service Providers:

Know Your Rights and Family Emergency Toolkit

The San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network website offers resources regarding constitutional rights and engaging with law enforcement as well as support for families in creating a plan in case of detention and/or deportation. 

Rapid Response Network

Many counties in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, have 24 hour multilingual hotlines to investigate possible activities by immigration officials in the community and to support you through any interaction with immigration. These Rapid Response Networks will send out a team of legal advocates to a location to offer legal advocacy. 

  • If you suspect or see ICE officials in your neighborhood or at your home, please call your area’s rapid response hotline. 
  • If you, a friend, or family member is arrested, please call the rapid response hotline.
  • The San Francisco Rapid Response hotline - (415) 200-1548; here are steps to consider when calling.

SFUSD Refugee and Immigrant Supports in Education (RISE-SF)

RISE-SF ​is charged with increasing access to education for all immigrant and refugee students through the promotion of culturally and linguistically inclusive programs and services.

Newcomer Programming

Newly arrived refugee and immigrant English Language Learners have particular educational strengths and challenges that necessitate specific supports and programming. RISE-SF supports schools in implementing promising practices for this community.

Sanctuary Education

As a sanctuary school district, SFUSD upholds every young person’s constitutional right to feel safe and supported in school. RISE-SF supports schools in ensuring their communities are aware of their rights and prepared to defend them.

Contacts

  • District Coordinator: Angelina Romano, MSW/PPS | RomanoA@sfusd.edu | 415.890.5324                  
  • Newcomer Services Coordinator: Susana Rivero | RiveroS@sfusd.edu | 415.919.8184

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