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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) Information:

UWSP remains committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus for everyone which includes our DACA recipients. Chancellor Bernie Patterson joined over 700 college and university presidents and signed onto a Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students.

 

Official DACA Updates:

On September 5, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security announced the phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA): Memorandum on Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

"On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama created a new policy that called for deferred action for eligible undocumented youth and young adults who came to the country as children. Under DACA, undocumented immigrants are granted deferral of deportation from the United States, as well as access to Social Security numbers and renewable two-year work permits.

An encouraging fact undocumented students should keep in mind when considering college: No federal law requires proof of citizenship to be admitted to U.S. colleges. Most institutions set their own admission policies. While it is true that undocumented status limits a student's choices, it is possible to find a college or university that accepts undocumented students and provides the sort of funding that makes attending feasible. Students need to do a fair bit of research to determine if a school can accommodate them. Part of this research will involve directly contacting the school and asking questions about the school's policy on undocumented students and if it does recognize and accept them, the typical enrollment procedure.

Undocumented students should not hesitate to express their desire to go to college. Thanks to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, school officials can't disclose personal information (including immigration status) about students. Undocumented students should start by asking their high school teachers and counselors for advice. Such mentors may be able to direct students to college admission counselors or pair them with other undocumented students who have either successfully enrolled in college or are aspiring to enroll."

Sources: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Roberto Hernández Center: Undocu/DACA Resources andCollege Guide for Undocumented Students

Resources:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): 

  • Know Your Rights if you are Stopped by ICE: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-immigration-agents-ice-are-your-door

  • Know Your Rights (various topics):   https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights

College Guide for Undocumented Students

University Wisconsin Law School: The Immigrant Justice Clinic provides free legal services to Wisconsin's underserved immigrant community while training law students in cutting-edge aspects of immigration law.

Centro Hispano Milwaukee: Centro Hispano provides bilingual social and immigration services programs. 

National Education Association: Various resources for DACA recipients.

CitizenPath: This site provides various forms to assist DACA recipients. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: This is an official government website where students can check their case status and schedule free appointments with a local USCIS Office.

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