NACAC Applauds Passage of Legislation Intended to Help Undocumented Students

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Arlington, VA (June 5, 2019) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) applauded the US House of Representatives Tuesday for passing HR 6, the American Dream and Promise Act. This legislation would allow qualified undocumented individuals to remain legally in the United States, and thus able to attend college, providing them with the stability they have been denied since the current administration tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

NACAC has long supported granting legal status to students who were brought to the United States as young children so that they can continue their education and reach their full potential. Unfortunately, Congress has been unable to resolve this issue for more than 20 years.

The American Dream and Promise Act would provide permanent legal protections and a path to citizenship for those commonly referred to as Dreamers. This legislation, if signed into law, would allow qualified undocumented individuals to remain in the US and pursue their education and careers without the threat of deportation.

“NACAC is pleased that the House passed HR 6, and we encourage the Senate to pass it as soon as possible,” said Joyce Smith, the association’s CEO. “Hundreds of thousands of individuals have had their lives uprooted because of the administration’s effort to end DACA. Several courts have prevented the program from being shut down. However, this legislation is critical to ensure undocumented students have the stability and support they need to pursue their dreams.”


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 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 association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

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