U.S. Decision to End the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program
Global Programs does not generally handle issues related to DACA. However, we often receive questions regarding these students. Below is a list for those seeking resources and information about the most recent DACA decision by President Trump and the Department of Justice.
To see what Penn State is doing to support DACA recipients on campus, read this article in PSU News: "Penn State reaffirms support as DACA future remains unknown."
The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which provides an avenue for certain undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States, will end as of early March 2018. At that time, enforcement of immigration laws will return to its pre-DACA status and members of the program will be at risk for deportation.
President Trump is urging Congress to find a legislative solution in the six-month window given between the announcement and the determined end date of the program. Bills such as the DREAM Act provide avenues for making DACA legal, but some lawmakers support different approaches. It is unknown at this time exactly what the outcome will be.
- White House Announcement (September 5, 2017)
- USCIS (United States Customs and Immigration Services) Announcement
- President Eric J. Barron – Statement (September 6, 2017)
- NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisors)
- Association of American Universities
- Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
- ACE (American Council on Education) - Letter to President Trump on DACA (August 28, 2017)
DACA Renewal Fee Scholarship
- Mission Asset Fund, a lending circle company in San Francisco, CA, is offering scholarships to pay the $495 renewal fee for 2,000 DACA recipients. You can find out how to apply at http://www.lc4daca.org/.
- Department of Homeland Security Frequently Asked Questions
- NAFSA's Resource Page for International Student Advisors and Education Abroad Advisors
- This page still may be useful for international students and scholars as well.
- AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Fact Sheet on DACA
- ACE Issue Brief on DACA Decision
The following Penn State resources may be helpful to those affected by U.S. Immigration Policy changes.
- Urgent threatening or dangerous behavior:
- Penn State Police: 814-863-1111 or 911
- Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
- They have a comprehensive list of resources and will meet with individual students as their capacity allows.
- Reporting Wrongdoing
- Reporting Bias
- Counseling and Psychological Services: 814-863-0395
- Student Legal Services
- Spiritual Center (Pasquerilla)