Undocumented Students

Undocumented Students PageEach year, several thousand undocumented students graduate high school, many of whom have lived in the United States since childhood. This page includes resources for counselors advising these students on their path to a postsecondary degree.

On June 15, 2012, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would not deport certain undocumented youth who came to the US as children. Under a directive from the DHS secretary, these youth may be granted a type of temporary permission to stay in the US. called “deferred action.” The Obama administration called this program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

President Donald Trump said during the 2016 campaign that he would rescind the Department of Homeland Security memo that authorizes the DACA program. It is unclear if and when he will do this, nor do we know what Trump administration officials might do with the information DACA applicants submitted on their applications.

NACAC encourages you to speak with an immigration attorney or a Board of Immigration Appeals–accredited representative if you are working with a student or group of students who may be undocumented and concerned about their future.

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