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Immigration: Sanctuary and Immigration Policies

Resources and research on immigration issues

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On this page find links to laws and rules - policies, legal regulations, orders, and government portals

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These organizations provide referrals to low cost or free legal services for coping with immigration issues.

City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco joins the City and County of San Francisco in affirming its sanctuary status for all people of San Francisco.
December 15, 2016.  CCSF Board of Trustees Resolution 161215-IX-346.

Some of the specifics of this Board resolution

City College of San Francisco joins other colleges and universities around the country as a sanctuary campus, which include the following policies:

  • Not allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers onto campus without a warrant
  • The refusal of campus police to enforce immigration law
  • Not sharing student immigration status with ICE
  • Not gathering information on immigration or citizenship status
  • Providing tuition support, including in-state tuition rates at public universities to students with DACA status
  • Providing distance-learning options for departed students to complete their degrees
  • Providing confidential legal support to students with immigration law questions and issues.

 Full text of CCSF Board of Trustees Resolution 161215-IX-346

City of San Francisco

San Francisco Sanctuary City Ordinances.

The "City and County of Refuge" Ordinance (1989) prohibits City employees from using City funds or resources to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the enforcement of Federal immigration law unless such assistance is required by federal or state law.

The  “Due Process for All” Ordinance (2013) limits when City law enforcement officers may give ICE advance notice of a person’s release from local jail. It also prohibits cooperation with ICE detainer requests, sometimes referred to as “ICE holds.” 

Text of both ordinances ( last amended in July 2016)


Dream Act

The California Dream Act (AB 540) allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Attended a California high school for at least three years;
  • Graduated from a California high school or
  • Received a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam;
  • Are registered or enrolled at a California community college and
  • If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when you are eligible to do so) for legal immigration status

California State Immigration Law and Regulation

Federal (U.S.) Law and Regulation

President Trump's Executive Orders related to Immigration


This guide is being built by the Library with the help of the CCSF community.  Please send comments and suggestions about things that you would like to see included.  

California Immigration Policy in Process

California lawmakers in the State Assembly and State Senate are working on numerous bills that will change existing laws or create new laws if they pass and are signed by the Governor. A few of the these are:

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