On September 5, 2017 the Trump administration announced the decision to wind down the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum regarding rescission of the Executive Order that grounded DACA. The memo provides legal context from DHS’ perspective as well as some specific statements about how applications under DACA will be handled starting today. Some key points are summarized below.
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Current DACA work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until they expire. Please be aware if a DACA work permit (Employment Authorization Document) expires before March 5, 2018, an application for renewal must be filed with the Department of Homeland Security before October 5, 2018. No renewal applications will be accepted after that date. Don’t delay submitting your application so as to avoid any processing glitches.
If you are a DACA recipient, you should weigh the benefits and risks of international travel carefully as border agents have wide discretion in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border.
Permission to travel internationally (advance parole travel for DACA recipients) is no longer available. If you have a previously approved DACA advance parole application, it will remain valid until it expires. If you have a current DACA permit, and you leave the country with no approved advance parole application, your ability to re-enter the United States at a point of entry may be denied.
If any member of the University community has planned or scheduled international travel (study abroad, research, alt-spring break, service trips) that could be impacted by the new DACA restrictions, we advise you to consult with the sponsoring University department immediately or contact Jonathan Rosenthal, Associate Provost, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 438-2157 for further information or referral.
The University is monitoring developments closely and will post further information on this site as it becomes available.