DACA Updates

DACA updates

DREAMzone will continue to provide the most current information regarding the DACA program.

Federal updates

May 9, 2019

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.  Since the termination of the program, several lawsuits have been filed against the current administration for unlawful termination of the program. As a result, three nationwide injunctions issued by U.S. district courts in California, New York, and the District of Columbia have allowed people who have previously had DACA to renew. However, there are still legal threats to the program. The future of the DACA renewal application process, as well as the DACA program at large, is uncertain and dependent on future court rulings.

July 27, 2018

DACA Renewals

Due to pending litigation that has the potential to change and/or end DACA renewals in mid to late August, DACA recipients who are eligible for renewal are being encouraged to renew as soon as possible, particularly those whose DACA expires within one year. More information may be found at http://RenewMyDACA.com and http://InformedImmigrant.com/guides/daca.

Current ASU students can contact Arlene Chin with the ASU Foundation at a.chin@asu.edu for assistance with renewal fees.

February 26, 2018

On February 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the request by the Department of Justice to hear the University of California DACA case. Because of this, DACA did not expire on the previously set March 5 deadline. The pending litigation needs to be heard in the Courts, allowing Congress an opportunity to provide a more permanent solution for DACA recipients.

What does the February 26th Supreme Court decision mean?
A California federal district court had issued a national injunction in this case on January 9th, requiring USCIS to accept DACA renewals again. The Supreme Court’s denial of the Justice Department’s request means that review of the injunction will now proceed in the usual process through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This process is currently proceeding in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, reviewing a similar injunction put into place by an N.Y. district court. For additional information regarding legal background on these cases, see the National Immigration Law Center summary.

What this means for students…
Since USCIS is now accepting DACA renewals, students should renew their DACA status (USCIS DACA Filing Instructions). Even if a student’s DACA status has previously expired, it is recommended that they renew during this window. If students have never held a DACA status, they cannot apply.

ASU has secured a limited amount of private funds to assist with the $495 renewal fee. Currently enrolled ASU students should contact Arlene Chin, Director of Donor Relations and Scholarship Advancement at the ASU Foundation for more information on how to access this funding.

Arizona updates

April 9, 2018

On April 9, 2018, the Supreme Court of Arizona ruled that young immigrants covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are ineligible for in-state tuition in Arizona colleges and universities.

What this means for students...
DACA recipients at Arizona State University will no longer be eligible for in-state tuition. However, many DACA recipients may be eligible for the Non-Resident Tuition Rate for Arizona High School Graduates. Students who have questions about this should email residency@asu.edu or call 480-965-7712.

Commitment to DACA students and DREAMers

Arizona State University stands firm in its commitment to DACA students and DREAMers. Since the September announcement to end DACA, ASU President Dr. Michael M. Crow has issued three statements to the community. Each of his messages can be accessed below: