NACAC Supports New Legislation to Help Undocumented Students

Contact: Michael Rose

Arlington, VA (March 21, 2019) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) announced its support for recently introduced legislation that would provide qualified undocumented individuals the ability to remain legally in the United States and provide them with 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 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 proposed legislation, introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), 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 U.S., pursue their education and careers without the threat of deportation.

“NACAC is pleased to support this legislation, and we encourage Congress to swiftly pass the bill,” said Joyce Smith, the association’s CEO. “These individuals have proved themselves in the classroom as well as in our communities and should not be penalized for their parents’ decision to emigrate to the U.S. Instead, they should be allowed to legally live here and pursue their dreams.”

The letter of support can be found on the association’s website.

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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