On September 5, 2017, President Donald Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") immigration policy. However, his administration is allowing Congress six-months to come up with a legislative fix.
On June 15, 2012, DACA was initiated by a policy memorandum, under the Obama administration. The policy was authorized to protect certain undocumented immigrants, also known as "Dreamers." These undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors, were able to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation, as well as, were eligible for a work permit.
To learn more details on the rescission of DACA to include what this decision means for current holders and what action may be taken, please read the Department of Homeland Security's ("DHS") frequently asked questions. You can also read the DHS' press release and/or its "Fact Sheet." Lastly, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' ("USCIS") website also has helpful information on what action may now be taken.
Student Legal Services ("SLS"), along with the entire University of Michigan community, remains committed to help protect your right to an inclusive and safe education at the University of Michigan. Although SLS does not provide legal assistance in immigration matters, SLS can assist you with identifying helpful resources, including a referral to an immigration attorney. If you are a student who may be impacted by DACA's rescission, please give SLS a call at (734) 763-9920.