Immigration Resources for students with DACA and Undocumented Students

In Spring of 2017, the College created this site to address the concerns many members of the Bowdoin College community expressed about how new immigration policies and proposals may impact members of the Bowdoin community and their loved ones.  In response to these concerns, the College has created this page to provide information about current policies and applicable resources for those that may be personally affected.  The site will be updated as immigration policies change and new information is available.  The College recognizes that for many, these new policies can create uncertainty. As President Rose wrote in his January 30th letter to the community, “What is certain is that we at Bowdoin will continue to do all that we can to support every member of our community.”

Campus Resources

  • The College continues to admit students regardless of their immigration status. More information can be found on Admission's DACA applicant information page.

  • Off-Campus Study advises students about international and domestic options for study away from Bowdoin College. The College recommends that all international students, undocumented students, and DACAmented students consult with staff from the Office of Off-Campus Study before applying to study away. 

  • Office of Safety and Security personnel do not enforce immigration laws or make inquiries about the immigration status of students or employees.

  • Health and Counseling services are free resources for all students, regardless of their immigration status.

  • Students with DACA and a valid EAD are permitted to work on campus.

Local Resources

  • ILAP
    The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project helps low-income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants.

  • ACLU of Maine
    The ACLU of Maine seeks to expand and enforce the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combat discrimination.

  • Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition 
    The Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition strives to improve the legal, social, and economic conditions experienced by Maine’s Immigrants—enhancing their lives and strengthening Maine—through advocacy, information sharing, and fostering collaboration among member organizations.

  • Immigrant Resource Center of Maine
    The mission of the Immigrant Resource Center Of Maine (IRCofMe)—formerly known as United Somali Women of Maine—is to support refugee and immigrant communities by offering culturally and linguistically sensitive services to promote a healthy and equitable Maine.

External Resources

  • United We Dream
    The largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, United We Dream organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.
  • National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.
  • The American Immigration Council
    The American Immigration Council (“Council”), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants.
  • American Council on Education
    Immigration post-election Q&A
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center
    The mission of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.
  • Immigrants Rising
    Empowering undocumented youth to achieve their education and career goals.

* Note that for students who are concerned that they may need legal advice due to recent immigration policies, they should contact Eduardo Pazos, the director of religious and spiritual life, who will work in confidence to direct them to appropriate resources. The College does not choose legal counsel for its students, however, we can provide contact information for appropriate resources to explore.

Government Resources

Homeland Security's Fact Sheet: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to The United States (Release Date: March 6, 2017)

Homeland Security's Q&A: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to The United States (Release Date: March 6, 2017)

Immigration enforcement memos by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly (Feb. 21, 2017)

Q&A documents from DHS 



Eduardo Pazos

Eduardo Pazos is the director of religious and spiritual life and is also the point person on issues of immigration for the College.  If you have any suggestions for how the College can provide support for those potentially affected, or questions about how to access local resources, please contact Eduardo directly at 207-798-4196 or epazos@bowdoin.edu.