DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

What Is DACA?

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an administrative relief from deportation. DACA's purpose is to protect eligible immigrants who came to the United States before their 16th birthday and were younger than 31 years old as of June 15, 2012.

In addition to protection from deportation, DACA also gives young, undocumented immigrants a work permit. The program expires after two years and is subject to renewal.

Update on DACA

On Sept. 5, 2017, the president of the United States directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end DACA over the next two and a half years.

On Jan. 9, 2018, a U.S. District Judge issued a ruling ordering the administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The ruling impacts individuals who were previously granted deferred action under DACA and does not permit new applications for DACA status.

On Aug. 3, 2018, U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled that the Trump administration must fully restart the DACA program beginning on Aug. 23. The three-week delay is intended to allow the Trump Administration enough time to file an appeal. 

“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.”

Currently, the federal government must continue to accept applications to renew a student’s DACA status, protecting approximately 700,000 young immigrants from deportation and granting them two-year, renewable work permits, according to the New York Times. The state of Texas and other plaintiffs have sued the federal government to rescind the program. 

We will continue to post information on this page as we receive it. For more information on renewals please visit the USCIS website.

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