In a letter issued last week, Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan provided educators with information and resources about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Since the program began in 2012, over 580,000 young people have received DACA, many of whom are now able to request consideration for renewal. Many other young people, including those who were too young in 2012 but now have reached age 15, are also now eligible to request DACA.
In his letter to educators, Duncan wrote that while schools are prohibited from inquiring the immigration or citizenship status of a student or family, "educators may be uniquely positioned to share information and resources about the DACA initial request and renewal process with those who could benefit from this information."
Duncan also included links to ED and Department of Homeland Security resources on DACA, including a previously released fact sheet on the program and a new document that addresses additional questions about enrolling new immigrant students in schools.
For more on DACA, check out the article Angela D. Adams, former director in the Immigration Practice Group at Lewis & Kappes, P.C., penned for NASFAA’s Student Aid Perspectives series back in Dec. 2012.
Publication Date: 9/16/2014