Beyond DACA: An Updated Checklist for Campuses to Support Undocumented Campus Members

Campus Checklist for Undocumented Students

We are waiting for a finalized rule from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security codifying DACA, which should be issued by the summer of 2022. DACA is also under considerable threat in the courts, with ongoing legal proceedings regarding the legality of the program. It is also important to note that the majority of undocumented students on college campuses do not actually have DACA, a number of which would be eligible if the processing of applications had not been halted due to the litigation.

Given these circumstances, the purpose of this updated checklist is to ensure that campuses have the tools they need to respond to future developments, keep their resources up to date beyond DACA, and explicitly recognize that many undocumented students are not DACA students. This checklist is intended to help support DACA, former DACA, DACA-eligible, and undocumented students, scholars, faculty, and staff.

As a reminder, in February of 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance convened a group of campus, higher education, and immigration advocacy stakeholders. During this session, participants created a checklist representing the top five priorities campuses can consider engaging in to prepare for a Supreme Court decision regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While the Supreme Court did not rule DACA unconstitutional, the DACA program has faced many more threats since 2020. The circumstances around DACA and its future have only become more complicated.