Information on DACA
On September 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over two and half years. In early November the University of California, along with other organizations and individuals who have sued the Trump administration over its rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, asked a federal judge to resume the program while legal motions proceed. On January 9th, the U.S. District Court in San Francisco granted the motion for preliminary relief. This decision directs the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to resume most elements of the DACA program until the courts ultimately resolve questions over the legality of the DACA rescission. You can read UC’s statement here.
While this is welcome news, the battle is far from over. Unfortunately, even with this decision, fear and uncertainty persist for DACA recipients across California and the nation who want to continue to live, work, learn and contribute to the country they know as home. The order does not require DHS to process new applications for DACA or applications for advance parole. We also anticipate that DHS may appeal the order.
DACA and Your Education
Undocumented Students that meet the AB 540 requirements are eligible for state and institutional aid through the CA DREAM Act. CA DREAM Act allows undocumented students that are eligible for AB540 to receive aid such as Cal Grants, UCR Grants, the DREAM Loan, and scholarships from UCR.
Again, eligibility to state and institutional financial aid is not based off a student’s DACA status.