Undocumented Students

Each year, several thousand undocumented students graduate from high school, many of whom have lived in the United States since childhood. Advising undocumented students can be difficult in uncertain times. This page provides resources and guidance for professionals.

On June 15, 2012, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted temporary permission to stay to certain undocumented youth who came to the United State as children. However, on September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would end the DACA program. NACAC opposed the decision to rescind DACA, and encouraged members of Congress continue to attempt to negotiate a solution for these students and individuals.

Several lawsuits have been filed in relation to the announced rescission of the DACA program, which were combined in to one case. In June 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration did not follow the proper procedures for ending the program; it did not rule on the lawfulness of ending the program. Consequently, DACA recipients no longer faced the prospect of deportation. 

DACA Program Restored
In December 2020, a federal judge issued an order fully restoring the DACA program to the days prior to the Trump administration’s effort to end it in September 2017. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reinstated the program accordingly.

Read more about important considerations that should be made prior to applying for renewal here, and learn more about how to renew here.

NACAC encourages you to speak with an immigration attorney or a Board of Immigration Appeals–accredited representative if you are working with a student or group of students who may be undocumented and concerned about their future.

Citizens and Immigration Services' Press Release: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary InjunctionFor additional information, visit:

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