In 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA provides temporary relief from deportation and a two-year work permit to qualifying young adults (ages 15 to 30) who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The program does not provide a pathway to citizenship. 

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is a legislative proposal for a multi-phase process for undocumented immigrants in the United States that would first grant conditional residency and upon meeting further qualifications, permanent residency. The senate bill was first introduced in 2001 by Durbin and Hatch and has since been reintroduced several times but has failed to pass.

With a new administration in office that has a focus on immigration, it is imperative AACRAO members stay abreast of developments on this topic.


FAQs: Rescission of DACA

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DACA application rates & eligible population at U.S., state, and top county levels.

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Education and Work Profiles of the DACA Population


Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on DACA

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February 15, 2018NEW
AACRAO joined a broad coalition of higher education organizations this week to send a letter to Senate leaders ahead of scheduled votes on amendments to advance bipartisan immigration legislation that would create a long-term, permanent solution for Dreamers.

February 8, 2018NEW
AACRAO joined a broad coalition of higher education organizations this week to send a letter to House and Senate leaders regarding the urgent need to pass legislation to provide a permanent solution for Dreamers. The association strongly encourages all AACRAO members to take action, as well. Reach out to your U.S. Senators and Representatives using our online Call to Action form and request Congress to act quickly and approve legislation that will permanently protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients from deportation.

January 24, 2018
The deals cut by congressional leaders to reopen the government Monday, 1/22/2018, have set up a bitter clash between the House and Senate's approaches to immigration policy over the next few weeks, with future government spending legislation in the balance. Read more.

January 3, 2018
Senate Republicans to meet with Trump on DACA. Read more.

December 5, 2017
A group of Senate Republicans unveil a new bill aimed at providing a legislative fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

November 8, 2017
Hotcourses Group surveyed 2,500+ prospective international undergraduate and graduate students in late April 2017. The survey uncovered preferences for researching and studying at an international university.

October 16 - 20, 2017
This week, AACRAO joins ACE and other higered associations to put a spotlight on and mobilize advocacy efforts regarding issues facing this unique population. DACA/Dreamer week includes 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. 

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.

September 19, 2017

Yesterday, AACRAO joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and 28 other higher education associations in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case examining President Trump's second attempt to ban refugees and immigrants from several majority-Muslim countries. Oral arguments are scheduled for October 10, 2017. Read more

September 6, 2017
All Eyes Turn to Congress, Following Trump Decision to Terminate DACA Program. Read more.

September 5, 2017
Trump moves to end DACA and calls on Congress to act. Read more.

August 31, 2017
With the end of DACA on the horizon, AACRAO joins broad coalition of Higher Ed associations in support of DACA. Read ACE letter. Read HACU letter.

August 28, 2017
Trump leaning toward ending DACA as soon as next week. Read more.

August 3, 2017
Opposition to an immigration bill backed by President Trump which aims to reduce overall legal immigration by half while putting in place a new points-based system for applicants for employment-based green cards that would privilege graduates of American universities grows. Read more.

August 1, 2017
Hotcourses Group releases report uncovering survey findings from over 2,600 future international students. The report, part 1 of 2, provides insight into future international students' motivations and concerns for international study.

July 6, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: The Institute of International Education (IIE) today announced a new study of admissions officers, which concludes that international students are still interested in attending higher education institutions in the United States despite the current environment. 

June 20, 2017
The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a 2015 ruling that allowed undocumented students who had been brought to the United States illegally as children to qualify for in-state college tuition. Read more.

June 16, 2017
The future of an Obama-era deportation relief program, DACA, remains undecided.

June 2, 2017
Additional requirements for visa seekers were approved by OMB. Although not all applicants will be asked to complete the supplementary formthe exact number of applicants who will be asked to complete it is still unknown.  The new questions will be voluntary, but the form states that, “failure to provide the information may delay or prevent the processing of an individual visa application.”

May 25, 2017
A federal appeals court declined to lift an injunction on President Trump’s ban on travel to the United States from six Muslim nations.  It is expected that the administration will take it to the Supreme Court. 

May 17, 2017
AACRAO, with partner associations, signs a letter to Acting Assistant Secretary Donohue outlining concerns with 82 FR 20956 of the Federal Register which proposes additional requirements for visa seekers.

May 16, 2017

In collaboration with the Institute of International Education, Council of Graduate Schools, NACAC, and NAFSA, AACRAO releases survey to assess how many international students have accepted their offers of admission for fall 2017. Responses due Friday, May 26, 2017.

April 4, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Perceptions of immigration policy changes cause concerns for international students and their families about study in the U.S.

March 13, 2017
Largest Decrease in 2017 International Student Applications from Middle Eastern Sending Countries. Read more.

March 3. 2017
USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions. Read more.

February 23, 2017
DHS Outlines New Rules on Immigration Enforcement. Read more.

February 22, 2017
Texas Bill Compels Campus Police to Act on Immigration Matters. Read more.

February 15, 2017

Immigrant protected under Obama's 'Dreamer' program is detained. Read more.

February 9, 2017
Mike Reilly quoted in Hechinger Report article, "How the immigration controversy could drive up the cost of college."

February 1, 2017
Fate of DACA program still uncertain. Read more.

January 24, 2017
Supporting the success of undocumented students. Read more.

January 19, 2017
Bill to provide temporary relief to DACA students. Read more.

January 12, 2017
Graham, Durbin Reintroduce BRIDGE Act to Protect Undocumented Youth from Deportation. Read press release.

January 5, 2017

Georgia Judge Rules in Favor of In-State Tuition for DACA Students. Read more.

November 21, 2016
More than 90 college and university presidents have signed a statement calling for the continuation and expansion of DACA. Read more.

AACRAO Activities


27 - AACRAO Annual Meeting International Luncheon (Paid ticket required)
Presenter: Tolu Olubunmi, Founder and CEO of Lions Write. Along with her moving personal story, Olubunmi will share her thoughts on the current picture for DACA and Dreamers, which are at the forefront of politics today. Purchase your lunch ticket during the registration process. 

 26 - AACRAO Annual Meeting Public Policy Plenary: “Education, Interrupted," featuring students from Puerto Rico, those affected by DACA, and those in temporary refugee status. This moderated discussion will highlight student stories and showcase effective individual and institutional action steps to support vulnerable students. It should be fascinating and informative. Don’t miss it!


12 - SURVEY: 2017 International Enrollment Hot Topics Survey
25 - Webinar: International Recruitment and Marketing: Managing the Message in Challenging Times
4 - Final Report: International Applicants for Fall 2017- Institutional & Applicant Perceptions
4 - The Impact of Politics on International Student Mobility*

*AACRAO Annual Meeting Session
12 - AACRAO signs coalition letter in support of the BRIDGE Act


21 - AACRAO joins coalition urging Trump to support DACA, Dream Act
Last updated 2/8/2018