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On Sept. 5, 2017 President Trump announced that his Administration would take steps to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was created by the Obama Administration in June 2012. On June 18, 2020 the Supreme Court ruled that its attempt was impermissible. DACA made it possible for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children under the age of 16 to obtain deferred deportation, work permits, Social Security cards, and drivers’ licenses. Over 200,000 DACA recipients are currently enrolled in a college or university. The Department of Homeland Security is currently renewing applications for DACA status renewal. Despite the Supreme Court's 2020 decision, Congress must still take action to protect the long-term stability of the DACA program. 

DACA eligibility was only made available to individuals who met the following requirements:

  • Arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16
  • Have resided in the U.S. continuously since 2012
  • Are enrolled in or have completed high school 
  • Have not been convicted of a serious crime (felonies or significant misdemeanors) 

DACA News and Resources 

Supreme Court Opinion: (June 18, 2020) The Supreme Court ruled that the framework of the Trump Administration's attempt to eliminate the DACA program failed to heed procedural requirements dictated by the Administrative Procedure Act. The decision, while protecting Dreamers in the short term, does not preclude future attempts to eliminate DACA. 

Remember the Dreamers Resource Website: (May 2020) The higher education community has joined together to create this website as a resource for colleges, universities, and DACA recipients. The website advocates for a permanent legislative solution to allow these individuals to remain in the country and illustrates their importance to the U.S. economy and global leadership. The website is routinely updated with factsheets, news articles, and personal stories from DACA recipients. 

Higher Education DACA Amicus Curiae Brief: (10/4/2019) NACUBO and 43 other higher education organizations submitted a joint amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the case brought against the Department of Homeland Security by the University of California system over its recission of the DACA program. The brief argues that the recission of DACA will inflict harms not just on impacted DACA recipients, but also on colleges, universities, and the country as a whole. 

DACA Elimination Timeline: An outline of major actions taken from DACA's creation to its proposed elimination and subsequent congressional and judicial action. 

Protect Dreamers Higher Education CoalitionA coalition of higher education associations working together to encourage Congress to pass bipartisan legislation as soon as possible that will include all the protections currently provided under DACA and allow DACA recipients to continue contributing to our society and economy by working, serving in the military or attending college.

Select NACUBO Coverage 

Supreme Court Upholds DACA Program (June 18, 2020)  

What Did I Miss in Washington? May 29-June 10, 2019

What Did I Miss in Washington? March 19-April 1, 2019

Another Victory for DACA in Federal Court Ruling (April 27, 2018)

DACA Questions Loom as DOJ Seeks Supreme Court Review (January 18, 2018)

Trump Administration Announces End to DACA (September 5, 2017)

Business Officer Magazine: DACA Decision Leaves Students Vulnerable (December 2017)

Letters to Congress and the Administration

Higher Education Community Letter to DHS Regarding DACA Renewals Processing (April 13, 2018)

Higher Education Community Letter to Congress Urging Action on DACA (Feb. 5, 2018)

Higher Education Community Letter to Congress in Support of the DREAM Act (Sept. 12, 2017)

Higher Education Community Letter to President Trump Urging DACA's Preservation (Aug. 28, 2017) 


Megan Schneider

Senior Director, Government Affairs


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