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.


Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on DACA

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April 4, 2017NEW
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

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 03/13/2017