On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced that the administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program provides protection from deportation for certain qualifying undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. If approved, DACA grantees are eligible for work authorization and a social security number. Since the program’s inception, many DACA grantees have enrolled in colleges and universities and/or are working on campus.
Future of DACA
With the rescission of the Executive Order establishing the DACA program, it is up to Congress to pass legislation to continue the program or provide protection to these individuals. Absent legislation, all DACA grantees may be deported once their DACA authorization expires. A bipartisan group of senators has introduced the DREAM Act to provide a path to citizenship for those currently eligible for DACA. This bill is not new to Congress—iterations of this bill have been introduced in Congress over the past 15 years without any success. Continue Reading The End of DACA: What Colleges and Universities Should Know