NACAC Backs Legislation to Help Undocumented Students

Contact: Michael Rose

Arlington, VA (March 26, 2019) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) announced its support for legislation introduced by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) that would provide qualified undocumented individuals the ability to remain legally in the United States. 

NACAC has long supported granting legal status to students who were brought to the United States as children so 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 bipartisan legislation would provide permanent legal protections and a path to citizenship for individuals commonly referred to as Dreamers. This legislation, if signed into law, would allow these individuals to remain in the US and pursue their education and careers without the threat of deportation. 

“NACAC is pleased to support this legislation, and we hope Congress will swiftly pass the bill,” said Joyce Smith, the association’s CEO. “These young people have proven themselves in the classroom and in our communities.  They should be allowed to remain in the United States and continue 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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