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Five Things You Should Know About DACA

This article appeared in the Aug. 14, 2018, issue of the student newsletter.

The term "DACA" has been widespread in the news lately, and it can be difficult to stay on top of all the recent developments. Here are five important things to know about DACA in 2018:

  1. DACA stands for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals." It offers administrative relief from deportation and gives young, undocumented immigrants a work permit to stay in the United States.
  2. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrants who came to the U.S. before turning 16 years old and who are younger than 31 as of June 15, 2012. Recipients of DACA protection are often called "DREAMERs."
  3. In September 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out DACA over the next 2.5 years and eventually end the program altogether.
  4. On Jan. 9, 2018, a U.S. district judge issued a ruling that ordered the administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the DACA program.
  5. On Aug. 3, 2018, another U.S. district judge ruled that the Trump administration must fully reinstate DACA by Aug. 23, unless it can successfully appeal the court's ruling before that date. 

What Do These Rulings Mean?

The Aug. 3 decision by U.S. District Judge John Bates assures that students who have previously been protected by DACA will continue to be protected from deportation. Currently, there are more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants in the United States who have enrolled in the DACA program.

Beginning on Aug. 23, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be forced to accept new DACA applications for those who who meet the program's eligibility requirements.

Some of you may know people who are impacted by DACA, and some of you may even be affected by DACA yourselves. If these DACA rulings impact you in any way, the Dallas County Community College District is on your side.

Our Students Are Not Alone

In a message to students and the DCCCD community, Chancellor Joe May reiterated the district's commitment to all DCCCD students, including those who are concerned about how DACA might affect their futures. Most important, Dr. May wants students to know that he and the district stand with them.

“Based on a recent ruling in U.S. District Court on Aug. 3, 2018, the complete DACA program will resume on Aug. 23, 2018. The situation for DACA students across the country is tenuous, but the Dallas County Community College District will continue to support our DACA students,” said Dr. Joe May. “We have a history of welcoming and encouraging DACA students to pursue their dreams and to be part of our higher education community. As I’ve said previously, DCCCD stands ready to help our undocumented students under the Noriega Bill, which is state law, whether or not DACA continues.”

For more information about DCCCD and DACA, please visit our website