Executive Director Update - October 12, 2017

Next week, the higher education community will put a spotlight on issues relating to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, also known as Dreamers. DACA/Dreamer Week will include national, as well as campus-based activities to emphasize the importance of this group and to push for permanent legislation to allow these individuals to continue to contribute to our great nation.

Recently, President Trump announced plans to effectively end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. The Obama-era Executive Order provided refuge to thousands of young immigrants—thousands of whom are now currently enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. These young people grew up in the United States. They consider themselves American, just like their classmates, friends and neighbors, and in most ways they are.

The DACA program—established in 2012—was rescinded by President Trump on September 5, 2017 and will end on March 5, 2018. An estimated 790,000 current DACA permits will begin to expire on a rolling basis after that date, with approximately 33,000 individuals losing protection, on average, each month until the last one expires in 2020.

Congress is poised to begin negotiations on legislation to address the expiration of the program. And the Trump administration on Sunday issued new, hard-line demands to broaden the debate to essentially overhaul the entire American immigration system.

AACRAO will join the push to urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation as soon as possible that will include all the protections currently provided under DACA and allow the individuals, often referred to as Dreamers, covered by this policy to continue contributing to our society and economy by working, serving in the military or attending college.

We encourage our members and state & regional organizations to use the following form letter to reach out to their U.S. Senators and Representatives and request Congress to act quickly and pass legislation that will permanently protect these individuals.

 

DACA Form Letter

Click here to download the document