Chances are most of us know an undocumented immigrant. About 15 percent of immigrants are undocumented and even documented immigrants can become undocumented at one time or another during the years after they apply for citizenship and when they are naturalized. It is not unusual for immigrant families to have members who are documented and undocumented.
AB 540 and other undocumented students look just like their peers and may be in your classes and in your programs. It is only when they feel comfortable with you that they will reveal their status. Therefore, it should be seen as a compliment to you and appreciated as an honor that these vulnerable students see you as a person who can give them honest, direct, and informed advice while protecting their confidentiality.
These guidelines provide some suggestions for creating an environment that is open, comfortable, respectful, and welcoming for students who are undocumented.
Inspired by “Becoming an Ally” Safe Zone Training, CSULB