What is DACA?

In 2012, President Barack Obama announced an executive order that would allow certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key criteria to request consideration of deferred action (with respect to any deportation proceedings) for a period of two years. The executive order is called Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and is subject to renewal. The program also allows for an individual to apply for work authorization. DACA is not amnesty, and can be revoked by a current Presidential administration at any time.  Each case is assessed to ensure the applicant meets the criteria and poses no security threat.

DACA allows students to pursue higher education without the fear of being deported. Continuing DACA would allow students to continue to pursue a college education and contribute to their communities and the nation.

What will happen with DACA after March 5th 2018?

It is still unknown at this time what the current administration will do with the DACA program. Although DACA has been rescinded, how the program will be phased out has not been determined.

If the DACA program is eliminated, will the CSU enforce federal immigration and hold requests?

The CSU will continue to comply with federal immigration laws, but the enforcement of those laws is currently the responsibility of the federal government, not the CSU. Absent a legal requirement, CSU’s actions in this area will not change and the CSU will not enter into agreements with federal authorities. The Chancellors office maintains updates and documents in regards to this and can be found at this link


If the DACA program is eliminated, will DACA students still be able to receive state and institutional financial aid?

State and institutional aid is not dependent on DACA approval. The financial aid available to undocumented and AB540 students is authorized by state law and comes from state and CSU sources. Therefore, a potential repeal of DACA has no effect on the availability of an undocumented AB540 student’s financial aid under state law.

Statement from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) (PDF, 298KB)

What would happen to DACA students studying abroad?

It is highly likely that DACA students who are abroad will not be allowed to re-enter the U.S. Given that possibility, in November of 2016, the CSU advised DACA students studying abroad to consider returning to the U.S. prior to January 20, 2017 given the uncertainty of the situation.

Are CSU's “sanctuary” campuses?

The CSU is committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning community for all students. The term “sanctuary” is a vague term that lacks a universal legal or educational definition and could lead to misunderstanding and misplaced reliance.

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