September 01, 2017

Promise and Peril for Undocumented Students

For the thousands of college students who were brought to the United States illegally as children by their parents, President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, provided temporary shelter.

The program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 such immigrants to work and study here for two-year renewable terms since 2012, protected those young people from deportation. But because the program only deferred action and was the result of a presidential memo, not congressional legislation, it was vulnerable to being rescinded by another president.

Here are Chronicle articles that provide background, context, and depth on the history of the program and its participants.

A program that has given some 800,000 undocumented immigrants a chance to attend college, work, and build lives in the United States will be phased out after a delay to give Congress a chance to come up with a legislative fix.

Colleges were virtually unanimous in their condemnation of the administration’s action. Some also outlined under what circumstances they would share students’ information with authorities.

Rumors are swirling that President Trump may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, as some state attorneys general threaten to sue over it.

Some people question why such students don’t obtain permanent legal residency. The answer? It’s extremely difficult.

The administration’s move to keep one Obama-era program while formally ending another left questions about whether those actions could disrupt families of undocumented immigrants.

Freedom University offers them a path to college in a state where they are banned from several top universities.