NACAC Statement on Termination of DACA Program

Shanda Ivory

Arlington, VA (Sept. 5, 2017) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) strongly opposes the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a regressive step that hurts many of America’s brightest, most vulnerable youth.

NACAC has, for nearly two decades, attempted to raise awareness of the plight of undocumented youth in our country. DACA students and other undocumented young people contribute to this country’s vibrant educational, political, economic, and cultural life. Many leaders from both political parties in Congress and prior administrations have worked to try to alleviate the hardships these students face. The policy outlined today abandons these efforts.

“Today’s announcement is needlessly complex and will lead to confusion for thousands of students, schools, universities, and employers. As a community of counseling professionals, we will do everything within our power to support DACA-eligible and other undocumented students,” said NACAC CEO Joyce Smith. “We also call on Congress to pass the DREAM Act or similar legislation so we can provide stability to these students’ lives.”

For more information about NACAC’s advocacy in support of undocumented students, visit:

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

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