Current Advocacy Issues

October 2019


Defend DACA Recipients

The University of California is taking its fight to protect DACA all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Will you stand with us? UC has challenged the Trump Administration’s decision to abruptly end DACA, the policy that has allowed nearly 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. as children to live, work and study in the only country they know as home.

Join UC by signing our pledge to stand with DACA recipients.

As we approach the November 12 Supreme Court oral arguments, we hope you’ll help us amplify our voices. We want the entire country to know that the UC community stands with DACA recipients.

Stay tuned for more advocacy opportunities. 


Get Out the Vote

Make your voice heard. Voting gives you the opportunity to influence who will represent your interests and what issues are important to you.

San Francisco voters will decide key issues on November 5, including electing the Mayor and other City positions that have a direct influence on our lives. Join UCSF Advocates events around campus to learn more about what's on the ballot. Make sure you are registered to vote! 

Key Dates

Election Day: November 5, 2019
Find your polling place in San Francisco 

Voter Registration Deadline: October 21, 2019
Click here to register to vote 

Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot: October 29, 2019
Click here to vote by mail

What's on the Ballot

Vote for City-wide offices including Mayor, City Attorney, District Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, Treasurer, Board of Education (one seat), and Community College Board (one seat). If you live in District 5, you will also vote for District 5 Supervisor. Candidates for each office are listed here

Here is the list of ballot measures, which are still being considered until August 9.

Visit for all election related events on campus this fall.  


Save Patients Like Isabel

Isabel Bueso has been a patient with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland for over 16 years. She and her family are facing possible deportation back to Guatemala due to a recent change to federal immigration policy. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) unilateral decision to eliminate “medical deferred action” puts at grave risk patients like Isabel, who are residing legally in our country while receiving life saving treatment. Read more about Isabel's story here.

We're cautiously optimistic that patients like Isabel Bueso will now be safe from deportation while receiving life-saving medical care, as @USCIS plans to reinstate medical deferred action. THANK YOU to all who stood up to #SaveIsabel and others like her.

Thank you to everyone who joined the House Oversight Committee hearing "watch parties" at BCH Oakland and in San Francisco to support Isabel and participate in advocacy together on Sept. 11. Watch the full testimony here starting at 28:25. Read coverage of our advocacy in the Chronicle and KTVU

Congress Passes the American Dream & Promise Act

Dreamers and recipients of Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure deserve the certainty of the future they continue to work towards. Your calls and emails made a difference.

This legislation would protect millions of immigrants across the country - including those that work, study and contribute at UCSF - by allowing them to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship. Without this legislation, our friends and colleagues face the real possibility of being deported to a country they hardly know.

Statement from UC President Janet Napolitano on American Dream and Promise Act
The University of California applauds the House of Representatives for passage of the American Dream and Promise Act and urges the U.S. Senate to swiftly take up the legislation and send it to the president for his signature. UC is home to thousands of undocumented students who are preparing to be the next generation of standout teachers, medical professionals, engineers, lawyers and other important contributors to our country. California has already made a big investment in these students, who have spent the better part of their lives in the U.S. It is now time for them to have a path to permanent residence and citizenship through the American Dream and Promise Act. In challenging the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in federal court within days of its announcement, UC was an early and vocal advocate for these young people and the university continues to stand with them.

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