Undocumented Students & Immigration Resources
Whitman seeks to establish a vibrant community of individuals who are intellectually talented, have the potential to be leaders in and out of the classroom and are from diverse backgrounds both nationally and internationally.
In support of these goals, Whitman strives to protect the security and safety of the members of our community regardless of national origin or immigration status.
In accordance with our existing practice, we will ensure the confidentiality of all student records and will not provide information about any Whitman students to any external group, including law enforcement and immigration officials, without a warrant or a court order.
Resources and Advocacy
Thomas Witherspoon, Whitman's Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, serves as a resource and advocate for all members of the Whitman community. Please reach out to him directly if you have any questions or concerns relating to your immigration status.
Thomas' office is on the 3rd floor of Memorial Hall. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 509-527-4996.
News and Information
Intercultural Center support
The Intercultural Center staff is available at the Reid Campus Center and the Glover Alston Center (GAC) for support, solidarity & activism.
If you need additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out to the staff in the Counseling Center.
Aimee Parmley, Associate at Hawkins Law, PLLC
Resources for Foreign Students
- Welcome to Succeed Campaign to Defend International Students and Scholars
- American Immigration Council - Information center.
- ACLU was the lead on helping people at the airport after the recent Executive Order.
- ImmigrationLawHelp.org identifies accredited organizations across the country to help immigrants.
- ACE memo on DACA and Sanctuary Campuses.
Activism Opportunities & Information
- ImmigrationImpact.com provides an Immigration 101 site that discusses the recent Executive Order.
- ImigrationImpact.com articles about economic impacts.
- U.S. Department of Education - Resource Guide - Supporting Undocumented Youth: (https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/focus/supporting-undocumented-youth.pdf
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - DACA Toolkit for Community Partners (https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Humanitarian/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals/DACA_Toolkit_CP_072914.pdf)
- Make Your Voice Heard - How to contact representatives and express your views and concerns.
- Immigration Action Bulletin - Concrete actions to protect immigrants--and the information you need to make taking those actions as painless as possible. By Professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain.
Rapid Response Hotline Available
Walla Walla now has a 24/7 ICE activity and deportation rapid response hotline: 509-520-3834. We're still figuring out what responses will look like long-term, but, for now, folks from Hernandez Immigration Law will be staffing the line.
Si usted fue testigo personalmente de actividad de ICE o de agentes de inmigración, o si un miembro de su familia ha sido detenido por ICE en Walla Walla, por favor llame a este número 509-520-3834 para asistencia 24/7.
Washington Law Help
Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal services that provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court. You can also locate information on free legal aid programs in Washington, including basic eligibility and contact information. They now have an Immigrant Resource page that includes information on family safety planning, durable power of attorney, temporary custody agreements, and responding to ICE. There is also a link to a free online tool that helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their immigration options and find free legal help.
DACA Update: Current status & options
JUNE 28, 2019: The U.S. Supreme Court announced on June 28, 2019, that it will grant the Trump administration's request that it review the federal court cases challenging Trump's termination of DACA. For now, the three U.S. district court orders allowing DACA recipients to submit renewal applications remain in effect, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still accepting DACA renewal applications from anyone who has previously had DACA.
The college publishes an online directory with students' names, addresses, email addresses, pictures, and phone numbers. A student has the right to withhold their information from these directories and can do so by notifying Bridget Jacobson in the Dean of Students Office, Memorial Building 325, 509-527-5158.