Arlington, VA (June 18, 2020) – The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) today applauded the US Supreme Court’s decision that allows the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to remain in place.
“This is gratifying for hundreds of thousands of students, the schools they attend, and communities where they live,” said Joyce Smith, the association’s CEO. “These individuals have lived in the United States since they were small children, and many have contributed greatly as our students, friends, and neighbors. Today, the court made the right decision.”
The DACA program was created in 2012 and allowed individuals who were brought to the United States as children to remain legally in the country, if they met certain requirements. In addition, they can pursue an education and legally work. President Trump attempted to end the program shortly after taking office.
The court’s decision allows the program to remain and those with DACA status no longer face the prospect of being deported. However, the court ruled that while the Department of Homeland Security did not follow the proper procedures when ending the program, it did not rule that the program was lawful. There may be other legal challenges to DACA that put the program, and therefore DACA recipients’ future, in doubt.
NACAC urges Congress to pass legislation like the DREAM Act or similar legislation that would provide permanent stability to these, and other qualified, individuals.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 14,000 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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