What is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival)?
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. DACA participants are 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. Effective January 25, 2017, DACA was ended by Presidential Executive Order. DACA renewals and new applications are no longer available.
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Additional Resources on DACA & Undocumented Students
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- National Immigration Law Center
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center (Community Resources) including following guides
- ACLU Immigrant Rights
- DACA Frequently Asked Questions (USP, UC Berkeley)
- Overview of Undocumented Students (Immigrants Rising)
- Defining Undocumented (Immigrants Rising)
- Undocumented Student Program (USP) blog, UC Berkeley
- Guide to College for Undocumented Students