Rio Hondo’s Undocumented Ally Training Workshop

To provide help and resources to the dreamers on campus, Rio Hondo hosted an undocumented ally training workshop. If you were unable to attend, here is everything you need to know about being an undocumented ally. 

The first step in being an ally is understanding all the barriers undocumented people face. Some of the biggest issues they face are financial barriers. Employment can be unstable, as they may have to use fraudulent social security or receive cash under the table. Working under these conditions makes it difficult for undocumented workers to stand against injustices. Many are scared of retaliation. There are also many legal barriers they face, especially those without DACA. Many states do not allow for undocumented people to get state IDs. Finally, one of the biggest barriers they face is the lack of information. There is a lot of misinformation out there about immigration and all the different reforms and acts. There are plenty of resources for dreamers and undocumented people, however, a lot of people do not know how to reach them. 

When trying to be an ally to undocumented people it is crucial to understand that being undocumented is very personal and private information. Though it may come from good intentions, it is very important that we do not divulge information without their knowledge and consent. Ask for permission before giving their information to a resource center. You could say, “I heard you mention you are a dreamer. Did you know that we have a program that supports undocumented students? Would you like to learn more?” 

There are constant changes surrounding immigration and all its policies, so it’s important for allies to stay informed. Visit ally trainings, webinars, and events to stay informed on current events and policies. Ask questions and remember that the goal is to empower, and not overshadow. 

The workshop also included more information about CARECEN and Rio Hondo’s Dreamer’s Resource Center. CARECEN is a nonprofit organization that provides relief and legal services to undocumented students. The Dreamers Resource Center, located in LR 105, is a safe space committed to help undocumented students succeed. Lina Olmos would like students to know that “The Dreamer’s Resource Center is here to support them throughout their academic journey, their personal circumstances and that we continue to advocate for our undocumented students, family, and community.”