Rapid Response Briefing: The Texas Court Decision on DACA and Its Implications for Higher Education

On July 21, the Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US co-hosted a rapid response briefing, “The Texas Court Decision on DACA and Its Implications for Higher Education.” The event included a legal analysis of the Texas decision, what it means for the future of DACA and the practical impacts of the decision on current DACA recipients, DACA-eligible students, and campuses. Speakers also addressed the implications for the ongoing negotiations in Congress regarding a roadmap to citizenship for Dreamers and other undocumented populations and the opportunities and urgency for advocacy by higher education leaders and communities. It featured leading immigration legal and policy experts, student voices, affected community members, and campus leaders.

You can find the public resources folder here.

You can watch the recording here.


  • Elsa Núñez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF
  • Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Penn State Law; Presidents’ Alliance, Legal Advisory Council Member
  • Esder Chong, Schwarzman Scholar and Harvard GSE student; Founder of RU Dreamers
  • Jose Magaña-Salgado, Director of Policy and Communications, Presidents’ Alliance; DACA recipient