What is DACA?
On Sept. 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the orderly phase out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization, under specific parameters.
– Department of Homeland Security
Homeland Security Acting Secretary, Elaine Duke, announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and President Trump placed the future of the program in the hands of Congress. The DACA program is expected to end March 5, 2018. The U.S. Congress has until that time to enact legislation to make DACA law. These actions have made the future uncertain for approximately 800,000 young immigrants and their families, and have impacted many of our students who have concerns and questions in this present period of uncertainty.
What Does This Mean?
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not accept any initial DACA and associated employment authorization document (EAD) applications filed on or after September 6, 2017.
- If you submitted a DACA or EAD application on or before September 5, 2017, DHS will review it on a case-by-case basis.
- If you are currently a DACA recipient, you will maintain your DACA and EAD benefits until your expiration date.
- If your DACA permit and EAD card expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, you can submit a renewal application. However, your application must be filed and accepted by October 5, 2017.
- If your DACA permit expires after March 5, 2018, you are not eligible to submit an extension application.
- We continue to advise any DACA recipient to not travel outside the United States. If you are a DACA recipient currently outside the United States, we advise that you return to the country as soon as possible.
- Effective September 5, 2017, DHS will no longer accept Form I-131 for Advance Parole from DACA recipients, which means DACA students should not participate in any study abroad programs.
DACA at UNC Charlotte
Along with our sister institutions in the UNC System, UNC Charlotte is continuing to monitor federal legislative action regarding DACA. The message shared by Chancellor Dubois on September 6, 2017 supports that UNC Charlotte "remains steadfast in fulfilling the founding vision of this institution: to open access and create opportunities for all deserving students." UNC Charlotte officials will continue to monitor the status of DACA and update affected students of any changes.
Unfortunately, federal regulations do not allow undocumented and DACA students to receive federal financial aid. Also, current state regulations do not allow undocumented and DACA students to receive in-state tuition rates at universities in North Carolina. This can be a heavy burden for students when planning for college. Below are some current financial resources shared by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions that DACA students can review to help them search for additional funding.
Please know that while specific federal guidance is still uncertain, students can seek support and resources from both the Dean of Students Office and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services.
Meanwhile, UNC Charlotte’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive community is something we can all ensure and maintain, by continuing to be caring and supportive members of the 49er family. We hope that you will join us in that effort.
UNC Charlotte News
- Message from Chancellor Dubois Regarding DACA
- Students 'Speak Out' About DACA
- Questions Remain Unanswered for DACA Students
UNC Charlotte Resources:
- International Student and Scholar Office
- Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
- Dean of Students Office
- Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement
- Department of Homeland Security FAQs
- Memorandum on Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- DACA RENEWALS: DEADLINE October 5, 2017
- National Immigration Law Center Publications
- Immigration Legal Help
- Office of Homeland Security FAQs on Executive Orders
- USCIS DACA Rescission Announcement
- UNC System DACA FAQs
WHERE CAN I SEEK LOW-COST OR FREE ASSISTANCE IN NORTH CAROLINA?
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (Charlotte) - low cost legal advice
- Main office 704-376-1600
- Lisa Diefenderfer, Attorney 704-749-7497 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maureen Abell, Attorney 704-971-2577 or email@example.com
Latin American Coalition (Charlotte) - providing free services for DACA renewals and have assistance to cover USCIS fees
Center for New North Carolinians (Greensboro)
- Kathy Hinshaw, BIA Accredited Representative, 336-256-1065 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NC Justice Center (Raleigh)