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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

45th President of the United States, Trump & The 2016 Election: Immigration Resources for Students/Staff/Faculty/Families

Immigration quick links to recent resources

From NPR Where Does Your Member Of Congress Stand On Trump's Immigration Order?  scroll down for a continually updated tracker of statements. |  CUNY, John Jay and Elected Officials Statements.  See also the Visa Policy of the United States page on Wikipedia | Maynard, M. (2017, February 24). Immigrants and the economy. CQ researcher, 27, 169-192. [CUNY login required] | Jason Griffey (2/22/2017) “Plan, Prepare, Act,” Pattern Recognition (blog post of suggestions and links useful for libraries to form an action plan to protect & inform community members) | printable know your rights! protect yourself from immigration raids! cards in many languages from United We Dream | Community Raid Preparedness Checklist and toolkit from FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement) | In November 2017 the Brennan Center posted resources on the ICE Extreme Vetting Initiative

Support and Resources for Immigrant Students/Staff/Faculty/Familes

John Jay College Resources

CUNY Resources

  • CUNY School of Law CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) Project "primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices." Contact them at: or (718) 340-4558 for legal advice & Know Your Rights training.
  • CUNY Citizenship Now! 212-650-6620
  • CUNY Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

NYC Resources

NY State Resources

United States and International Resources

Practical Steps to protect information about immigrant students

An excerpt from important announcement by President Travis sent to the John Jay Community 3/17/2017:

This announcement will provide details about the practical steps John Jay is taking to protect information about and access to our immigrant students and their records. These protective measures are consistent with CUNY’s commitment to take no action to assist in the enforcement of immigration laws except as required by law.

Access to student records:

  • Information regarding a student’s citizenship and visa status has been designated as Restricted in the CUNYfirst system, thus limiting access to those who must have the information in order to perform their duties. The College Registrar’s Office will continue to limit access to all education records in accordance with federal law, thus electronic and paper records will be protected from disclosure.
  • A properly issued subpoena, warrant or court order is required before a student record will be released. Any such evidence of a legal right to acquire the record must be reviewed by the Office of Legal Counsel before the record can be released.

Access to campus:

  • Any individual who comes to campus seeking information about or access to immigrant students will not be permitted to enter the campus. Public Safety has been directed to notify the Office of Legal Counsel if the individual presents a subpoena, warrant or court order permitting entry. That document will be reviewed for legal sufficiency before the inquiring individual is permitted access.
  • In the event the inquirer is determined to have a legal right to enter campus, he/she will be accompanied by Public Safety throughout the visit.

Responding to questions:

  • Faculty and staff should not respond to questions regarding immigration status of students. The questioner should be referred to the Office of Legal Counsel. If the questioner presents a subpoena, warrant or court order, the document will be reviewed by OLC before the questioner is granted any access to the campus/records.
  • Individuals requesting information for background checks and other reference purposes regarding current or former students must present identification and business cards as well as a release with a student signature before such access will be granted.

Finally, I wish to acknowledge that these are challenging times for our undocumented students and members of our extended family who are immigrants.  We also recognize that our University has been a leader, historically and today, in protecting and supporting immigrant communities.  We stand in that tradition.

Phone numbers:

Registrar: 212-663-7867

Public Safety: 212-237-8524

Office of Legal Counsel: 212-621-3712

For inquiries about personal immigration-related matters:             

Citizenship Now: 212-650-6620

Wellness Center: Legal Aid Attorney: 212-237-8111

Resources for John Jay & CUNY Students

Resources featured in President Travis' important announcement sent to the John Jay Community 2/1/2017:

The CUNY website:  offers a wealth of information for CUNY students, faculty, and staff with questions and concerns about the recent changes in federal policies around immigration.

For those detained trying to enter the United States, or still abroad and needing guidance, please contact CUNY Citizenship Now! attorney Isabel Bucaram, Esq. by text, phone call, or WhatsApp at 646-860-5678.  Affected students, faculty and staff abroad can also write directly to  CN! will follow up with a phone call if necessary.

For affected students, faculty, and staff here in the US, regardless of immigrant status, the best advice remains not to travel abroad if at all possible until we have more clarity about ongoing developments. You can contact CN! at with questions as they arise. 

For those seeking answers to travel-related questions, the CUNY CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, African, Asian and other communities in New York City.  General tips are featured for those who may be affected by national security and counterterrorism policies:

For John Jay students who are undocumented or have immigration questions, the College has compiled useful resources

Immigration - legal resources

Resource list from the American Association of Law Libraries.

#NoBan#NoWall guide from CUNY Law Library, that lists resources relating to EO 13769, including links to court cases

DACA Guide from CUNY School of Law lists "open-source and copyright-protected resources for advocates working within the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program".