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For immediate release — Sept. 5, 2017
(DALLAS) — Following the announcement today by President Donald Trump that the DACA program — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — will end, Dr. Joe May, chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, shared a message with all DCCCD students and employees. He reassured DACA students, in particular, that he and the district stands behind them — that they are not alone.
To our DCCCD students and employees:
With the discontinuation of DACA and the six-month period during which the President has charged Congress to pass a legislative solution, some students in the Dallas County Community College District who are self-described as “undocumented” will be able to continue their studies uninterrupted.
We know that these are scary and uncertain times for those students, but I want to assure them that repealing DACA should not have an impact on Dreamers in Texas.
While DACA has focused not only on allowing students to enroll in college nationwide, it also focused on allowing DACA individuals an opportunity to work, in some cases apply for a driver’s license, and deferred their potential deportation.
Remember, when DACA was signed, Texas already had Noriega in place, and DCCCD led the way even before Noriega was passed. Noriega solely focuses on treating undocumented students as "in-state" residents for the purpose of tuition.
Finally, it's important to note that students must meet specific eligibility requirements under Noriega. Under DACA, every individual who qualified and met the requirements had to apply and pay a fee for the two-year "program."
DCCCD stands ready to help students attend college under the Noriega Bill, which is state law, whether or not DACA continues. We have a strong history of supporting our students and their educational goals and dreams.
o Resided in Texas with a parent or guardian while attending high school in Texas;o Graduated from a public or private high school or received a GED in Texas;
o Resided in Texas for the three years leading to graduation or receipt of a GED; and
o Provided their institutions a signed affidavit indicating an intent to apply for permanent resident status as soon as able to do so.
As the national debate and conversation surrounding DACA continues, DCCCD stands ready to help. We have a strong history of supporting our students and their educational goals and dreams.
Let me be clear: Our undocumented students are not alone. DCCCD stands with you. I stand with you.