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Resources For and About DACA and Undocumented Students

What is DACA?

DACA = Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.” - Department of Homeland Security


On September 5, 2017, President Trump canceled the DACA program and asked Congress to replace it with legislation before the policy expires in March 2018. "Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act" New York Times September 5, 2017.

On June 18, 2020, in a 5-4 decision, The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration's decision to end DACA did not comply with the procedural requirements to provide a reasoned explanation for taking this action.

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Purpose of this guide

This guide is meant to serve as a starting point and is not meant to be exhaustive. It is our goal to continue its development in response to evolving needs of The Claremont Colleges community. 

If you have feedback about this guide or would like to suggest additional resources, please contact Kendra Macober or Sarah Pickle.