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On September 5, President Trump announced the decision to rescind and phase out DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program instituted under the previous administration — in six months (effective March 5, 2018).
This decision raises large concerns for undocumented students around the nation who are now unsure if they will be able to continue to study and work in the U.S., where they have lived since childhood, with the protected status they had as DACA recipients.
Most colleges and universities have issued strong statements affirming their ongoing support for the DACA students on their campuses. Many schools are making campus legal resources available to DACA students seeking help with their situation.
School administrators are there for you as well.
President Trump has instructed Homeland Security that DACA students are not “enforcement priorities,” but this is still a very unsettling and stressful time for DACA students. The website United We Dream created a Deportation Defense Card that your student can print or download onto a smartphone that explains their legal rights in case they are approached by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Here is the card in five languages (English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Korean):
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