Know Your Rights

At YES Prep, we embrace and protect diversity in order to achieve equity and social justice. To us, ALL means ALL regardless of zip code, citizenship status, religion, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. We understand that our diverse community is experiencing anxiety and concern and we want to provide information and helpful resources that empower every individual. We will regularly update this page with new resources and opportunities to learn more about your rights.

NEW RESOURCES *Updated 2/25/17 at 4:20 pm

Q: What impact does undocumented immigration status have on my child’s education?

A: None at all. All children have a constitutional right to equal access to education regardless of their immigration status or that of their parents. That right cannot be taken away by the president, the State of Texas, or Congress. 

Q: Do YES Prep schools ask for information regarding a child’s immigration status when he or she enrolls?

A: No. Public school systems like YES Prep are obligated to enroll students regardless of their immigration status and without discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.

Q: Would YES Prep ever share a student’s immigration status with federal immigration officials?

A: No. We do not collect this information or share it.

Q: Can children be removed from school by immigration officials?

A: Immigration enforcement actions may only take place at a school when (a) prior approval is obtained from an appropriate supervisory official, or (b) there are exigent circumstances necessitating immediate action without supervisor approval. Therefore, absent highly unusual circumstances, under current policy immigrant families should not fear encountering immigration officials engaging in raids at schools. For more information visit: https://www.ice.gov/ero/enforcement/sensitive-loc

Q: What does YES Prep do to ensure that no student or family is discriminated against or harassed because of their race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin?

A: YES Prep has policies in place that mandate no discrimination or harassment for YES Prep students, families, or employees on the base of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, and many other protected classes. Please call 713.967.9000 or email the YES Prep System Offices if you feel that you are experiencing discrimination at YES Prep.

Q: Should I expect changes to DACA?

A: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is based on an order by the president. The new president could choose to rescind that order. If you are a recipient of DACA, consider reaching out to an immigration attorney now in order to determine if you have access to a better form of immigration status. Additional information can be found on the Immigrant Legal Resource Center website, https://www.ilrc.org.

Q: What is the BRIDGE Act?

A: The BRIDGE Act would provide three years of temporary deportation relief and employment authorization to anyone who has benefitted from or is eligible for DACA.  (More information on the BRIDGE Act appears below.)  We encourage you to join us in supporting this legislation by asking Members of Congress for which your college or university has a close relationship to co-sponsor this legislation.  Republican co-sponsors are particularly appreciated especially those which serve on the Judiciary Committee in the Senateand the House.  

Q: What should I do if I want to better understand my immigration rights?

A: Only immigration attorneys can provide you with accurate advice about immigration status and how you can pursue your legal rights. For your own protection, please do not seek the advice of "notarios" or others who are not licensed immigration attorneys.

  • You can also seek an immigration attorney from the American Immigration Lawyers Association at http://www.ailalawyer.org/  (English) or http://www.ailalawyer.com/spanish/default.aspx (Spanish).
  • You can find immigration legal help on the Immigration Advocates Network’s national directory of more than 950 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. The searchable directory can be found online athttps://www.immigrationlawhelp.org
  • You should understand how to seek competent immigration help and be aware of fraudulent service providers who will take advantage of immigrant families. The ILRC has created community education flyers about this available in English and Spanish available online at https://www.ilrc.org/anti-fraud-flyers
  • Everyone in the United States has rights even if they have no immigration status. You have the right to refuse to speak with an immigration official until you have a chance to speak with an attorney. You have the right to refuse to open their door for an immigration official unless the official has a warrant from a judge. Go to https://www.nilc.org/issues/immigrationenforcement/everyone-has-certain-basicrights/ for more information.
  • Additionally, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has created easy-to-use resources so you can have your rights at your fingertips.

Q: What other resources are available?

A: Mayor Sylvester Turner created the Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities to help all Houstonians better access city services. You can call them at 832-393-1010, visit www.HoustonTX.gov/oic, or contact the following offices:

Terrence O’Neill
Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities
City Hall
901 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.0855
Fax: 832.393.0844
 
Benito Juarez
Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities
Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star, #131
Houston, TX 77074
Phone: 713.778.6403
Fax: 713.778.6561

FREE EVENT

What:                   Informative Town Hall “Know Your Rights” sponsored by Univision 45 Houston
Date:                    Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Time:                    6 – 8 p.m.
Location:             YES Prep Gulfton, 6565 De Moss Dr, Houston, TX 77074
Cost:                     FREE and open to the public
RSVP:                  communications@yesprep.org
Details:                 Presentation will be in Spanish. Child care will be available. 
WATCH THE RECORDED LIVE STREAM HERE

LIST OF RESOURCES

Mark's letter in regards to protecting our transgender students. 

FERPA parents guide to rights regarding children's educational records. 

Title IX guide to sexual harassment and violence. 

United We Dream provides information about immigrant rights and tips to stop deportations. They mobilize volunteers to advocate for immigrants rights and report illegal deportations.
 
Mi Familia Vota helps people apply for U.S. citizenship and register to vote. They also mobilize volunteers to advocate for civic engagement.

Enforcement of the Immigration Laws DHS Memo