Undocumented Students

Undocumented Students PageEach year, several thousand undocumented students graduate high school, many of whom have lived in the United States since childhood. Advising undocumented students can be difficult in uncertain times. This page may provide resources to answer any questions or to provide guidance on navigating the process to serve undocumented students.

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 Obama Administration's 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.

However, on September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would rescind the 2012 DACA decision, ending the DACA program by March 5, 2018.  New applications filed after September 5 for DACA permits will be denied, and the future for current DACA recipients is unclear (the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo and frequently asked questions regarding the program’s wind down). NACAC opposes the decision to rescind DACA.

Given the uncertainty facing undocumented students and students granted DACA status, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) recently introduced the DREAM Act, which would continue DACA, protect those with DACA status from deportation, and provide eligible undocumented students the opportunity to earn lawful permanent residence. Similar legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives. NACAC supports passage of the bill, and issued a press release urging Congress to act.

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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