Many community colleges enroll undocumented students that are part of, or considering applying for, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA provides qualifying individuals an assurance that they will not be entered into deportation proceedings for at least two years and authorization to work in the United States during that time. DACA was created through an executive order from President Obama. President-elect Trump indicated an intention during the campaign to terminate the DACA program, which has many students and college officials wondering about the fate of the program and the possible impacts on DACA students. Since the election, there have been no formal announcements or other information about the incoming administration’s plans for the DACA program. This document
issued by the National Immigration Law Center outlines some of the possibilities and makes general recommendations for students that are considering applying for DACA for the first time or renewing their DACA status. Please note, as stated, the document is not intended to be legal advice for individual students. AACC will continue to monitor this situation and provide its members with timely information as it becomes available.