Sept. 4, 2017— Multiple media outlets are reporting the Trump administration tomorrow will announce repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA was put into place via executive order under the Obama administration to provide protection from deportation for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. at a young age through no fault of their own.
Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), made the following statement regarding the expected announcement:
"The DACA program protects from deportation young men and women who were brought to the U.S.—without choice—as children before the age of 16.
Deferred action is only granted to individuals who are currently enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the armed forces or Coast Guard. DACA recipients do not qualify for any federal student aid and often must work to get through school, or piece together higher education funding from private sources. They must be in good standing with the law and pose no national security risk. Many have little or no recollection of their place of origin and have been integrated into this country as much as natural born citizens.
In short, they learn in our schools, defend our freedoms and country, and become productive members of society—all in the face of significant hurdles. Ending this program and penalizing individuals who were brought here through no choice of their own is unspeakably cruel and out-of-step with the foundational ideas and principles of this country. We call on the administration to uphold this program and for lawmakers to swiftly pass legislation that, at a minimum, provides deportation protections for this vulnerable population."
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 20,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit www.nasfaa.org.
Publication Date: 9/4/2017