AACRAO Joins Broad Coalition in Support of DACA

This week, multiple sources reported that the Trump administration is poised to announced its plans regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Although the White House has not yet issued an official statement, there is some speculation that President Trump could terminate the program, disallowing the registration of new individuals as well as DACA renewals.

AACRAO joined a broad coalition of higher education groups in a pair of letters to the White House to urge the president to preserve the DACA program and work towards a more permanent legislative solution.

DACA recipients currently receive two-year, renewable deferment from deportation and gain work permit eligibility, but the policy is not law.

A group of 10 states, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), are challenging the effort and have threatened a lawsuit unless the Trump administration abolishes the program by September 5. The Trump administration has not stated whether or not it would defend the program in court.

The resulting concerns that the program could be terminated has led to a flurry of recent legislative proposals to protect immigrants under the program, commonly known as Dreamers, through legal status or a path to citizenship.

Termination of the program would affect nearly 900,000 young undocumented immigrants, though it is still unclear exactly what could happen immediately to those who received two-year work authorizations and other benefits under the program.

Some worry that an end to DACA could coincide with efforts by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to target individuals registered through the program for deportation. We have already seen reports of federal agents arresting Dreamers whom they claim are affiliated with gangs.

The association will remain engaged on this important issue in the coming days. We will continue to push for the preservation of the DACA program as well as a more long-term solution to allow Dreamers to continue to contribute to our great nation.

American Council on Education Community Letter to President Donald J. Trump

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Community Letter to President Donald J. Trump