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.

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.

"The situation for DACA students across the country is tenuous, but Dallas College 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, Dallas College stands ready to help our undocumented students under the Noriega Bill, which is state law, whether or not DACA continues."

Update on DACA

On Nov. 12, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the cases impacting DACA recipients. Although difficult to predict, it's expected the court could issues its decision by spring 2020. To hear the oral arguments please visit the U.S. Supreme Court website.

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.

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.

Three​​ things to Know if you are a DREAMER or DACA student

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1. The State of Texas provides both in-state tuition and state financial aid to eligible undocumented students.

HB 1403 | In-state Tuition Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduated from a public or private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Texas.
  • Resided in this state for at least one year between the first day the person attended a public or private high school in this state and the date the person graduated from a public or private high school in this state or received the equivalent of a high school diploma.
  • Registers as an entering student in an institution of higher education not earlier than the 2001 fall semester.
  • Provide an affidavit stating that the individual will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to do so.

2. Although difficult to predict, it's possible the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its decision in spring of 2020.

3. DACA renewals are still open

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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