Nearly 40 Percent of DACA Recipients are High School or College Students. Now Their Future is in Limbo.

"A criminal justice and Africana studies student hopes to return to college after taking a break to save money for tuition. Now, she fears she will be priced out. A Texas high school senior must soon decide where she will go to college, but it’s unclear if she will be protected from deportation long enough to eventually go to law school. A California community college student dreams of transferring to a four-year university, but does not know what she will do with the degree if she cannot get a work permit," according to Public Radio International. 

"At pivotal points in their lives, each of these students faces a complicated path to higher education and post-college life because many of their plans and dreams hinge on the fate of one federal program: Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA. Created in 2012 during the Barack Obama administration, DACA provided work permits and temporary protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children.

Students make up nearly 40 percent of the nearly 700,000 beneficiaries of DACA, according to the Migration Policy Institute. For this core group, the program is a lifeline. It has made higher education possible and, often, they are the first in their families to attend college.

But on Sept. 5, 2017, President Donald Trump began to phase out DACA, arguing that the program bypassed Congress. Then, in early January, a federal judge in California partially blocked the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA. The ruling temporarily forces the government to continue DACA, at least partially. But the Trump administration has already appealed the ruling and says it will also petition the US Supreme Court to step in. For now, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will accept DACA renewal requests, but not new applicants."

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Publication Date: 1/19/2018

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