January 16, 2018
Dear Members of the RBHS Community:
As members of a community of health care practitioners, we are committed to the wellbeing of all our fellow New Jersey residents regardless of their residency, citizenship status, or ability to pay. Many of our students, patients, and their families are impacted directly or indirectly by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Recently a federal district court ordered the federal government to resume accepting renewal applications for DACA. This weekend, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services responded to this order by issuing guidelines under which it is reopening the renewal application process effective immediately. Eligible DACA students and their families may wish to take advantage of this new opportunity and act immediately, as this window may be open only briefly.
The Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP) is urging any Rutgers student who is eligible to renew DACA status under the new guidelines, needs assistance in preparing the application, and/or has questions about these recent developments to contact RICAP Immigrant Rights Attorney Jason Hernandez immediately for a free consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-225-2302. Please also read an advisory prepared by RICAP with preliminary guidance on the updated policy and process.
In November of 2017, President Barchi and all four Rutgers Chancellors signed on to the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration's founding statement. We share a commitment with our colleagues across the nation to improve how our higher education institutions support international and immigrant students on our campuses.
Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs