Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created by the Obama Administration in 2012, has protected an estimated 650,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. To be eligible for DACA, immigrants had to arrive in the United States before 2007 and had to be 15 years or younger at the time.

College Success Foundation believes education is the cornerstone of democracy and all members of our society should have equal access. We have actively championed and advocated for education protections for DACA recipients in hopes that Congress would pass a clean DREAM act. We stand in solidarity and celebrate the Supreme Court decision to maintain the current program made on June 18, 2020.

According to the Census Bureau's “Educational Attainment in the US: 2017” report, DACA recipients graduate high school at a rate slightly above the average American, yet only 12.5 percent have attained a Bachelor’s degree. This low postsecondary completion rate is due to a lack of protection against deportation, reduced access to higher education, and limited financial supports. These students are contributing members of our society: working professionals, parents, teachers, and even grandparents with obstacles we are working to remove.

The Supreme Court’s decision allowing the current program to remain helps these recipients work and study in the U.S. without fear of deportation…for now. The court’s decision, while positive for DACA recipients, only provides a small degree of relief. The decision was not based on the administration’s ability to close the program, just that they did not follow proper legal procedures.

The work has just begun. While the program remains intact today, it is fragile so we must all work harder to ensure the next generation is protected and can have the chance to achieve their academic dreams.

“All students should have the opportunity to achieve their academic dreams, no matter where they were born," says James Dorsey, President and CEO of College Success Foundation. "Equity and equal opportunity have been at the heart of CSF's mission and purpose for 20 years, and we will continue to work hard to make sure every student has the opportunity to succeed.”

Express your support for the DACA program!
Help bring the Dream and Promise Act to the Senate floor for a vote.
Contact the following officials and tell them to support this act!

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