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June 18, 2020

Supreme Court Upholds DACA, Ruling Against Trump Administration

Nina Totenberg, NPR

A narrowly divided Supreme Court extended Thursday a life-support line to some 650,000 so-called DREAMers, allowing them to remain safe from deportation for now, while the Trump administration jumps through the administrative hoops that the court said are required before ending the program. Read full article.

Aug. 14, 2019

New Immigration Rule ‘Sends a Detrimental Message Internationally’

Ian Wilhelm, The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Trump administration’s latest plan to curb immigration has raised concerns it will reinforce a message that international students are not welcomed in the United States. The administration said it would tighten scrutiny of green-card and visa applicants if they have used public benefits such as food stamps. Read full article.

July 24, 2019

What to expect when DACA arrives at the Supreme Court

The Economist

The supreme court will review the constitutionality of DACA, an Obama-era program allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to get temporary deportation relief and work permits. The hearing will take place just weeks before the first Democratic primary votes in November. Read full article.

Feb. 26, 2018

National Call-in Day for the Protection of Dreamers, Feb. 26

US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), along with USCCB vice-president, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, chairman, USCCB Committee on Migration, have issued a call to U.S. Catholics and people of good will across the nation to take part in a "Call-in-Day" on February 26 for the Protection of Dreamers. Read full article.

Jan. 9, 2018

Top 5 Things to Know About the DACA Injunction

United We Dream

On January 9, 2018, a federal court in California blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read the full flyer.

Sept. 5, 2017

Trump ends DACA but gives Congress window to save it


By Tal Kopan

The Trump administration on Tuesday formally announced the end of DACA -- a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. Read the full article.

Aug. 25, 2017

Administration Signaling That President Trump Will End DACA: What You Need to Know

Immigration Impact

By Wendy Feliz

There is strong speculation that in the coming days President Trump will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. If the administration chooses to do so, there are different ways the program could be terminated. Read the full article.

Jun. 19, 2017

Trump Keeps DACA in Place—for Now

Inside Higher Ed

By Elizabeth Redden

In a reversal from President Trump's campaign promise to “immediately terminate” a program that grants certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children protection from deportation and the right to work legally, his administration said Thursday it is keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place -- for now -- but clarified that the program remains under review... Read the full article.

Mar. 17, 2017

We're scaring off future Einsteins: USD president

USA Today

By James T. Harris III

The United States used to welcome scientists and other luminaries from outside our country. This was true even in the 1930s during the rise of fascism in Europe. There was little doubt that the fascist leaders of Germany and Italy posed direct threats to our security, yet among those openly encouraged to seek refuge here were, many of them Jewish... Read the full article.

Mar. 8, 2017

ACE Summary Outlines Revised Travel Ban’s Potential Impact on Higher Education

American Council on Education

President Trump signed a new executive order March 6 outlining his revised immigration travel ban, which aims to address the range of legal issues with the original order signed on Jan. 27. The new travel ban should not adversely affect students, faculty, scholars or staff who are currently in the United States or who have a valid U.S. visa, even if they are from one of the six targeted countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). However, it may well affect the incoming class of students and new hires of faculty and staff from those countries, especially if the ban is extended beyond the 90 days currently outlined. 

For a more detailed discussion, ACE has prepared a summary of the provisions that will potentially impact higher education. Click here to download a copy.

Feb. 22, 2017

Fear of the future: DREAMers and Trump's immigration guidance


By Kimberly Hefling

DACA IS SAFE (FOR NOW), BUT ‘DREAMERS’ ARE NERVOUS: The two immigration guidance memos released by the Trump administration on Tuesday give federal officials the latitude to... Read the full article

Jan. 31, 2017

New Study Finds Mass Deportations Would Impoverish US Families and Create Immense Social Costs

Center for Migration Studies

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) today released a report on the impact of President Donald Trump’s large-scale deportation plan on US families and the US economy... Read the full article

Jan. 13, 2017

Push to Protect 'Dreamers' From Trump Gains New GOP Supporters


By Laura Litvan

A group of House Republicans is pushing President-elect Donald Trump to keep in place Obama administration protections for about 750,000 young illegal immigrants, joining with Democrats on legislation to extend a shield on their deportations for another three years... Read the full article

Dec. 16, 2016

Now Is the Time to Continue—Not End—DACA

Center for American Progress

By Stephanie Andrade

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has positively affected the lives of more than 741,000 youth. The initiative, announced by President Barack Obama in June 2012, grants temporary deportation relief and work authorization... Read the full article

Dec. 13, 2016

Make Colleges Diverse

New York Times - Commentary

Columnist David Leonhardt

Many college campuses have reacted to Donald Trump’s election with shock and angst. Professors and students are wondering how the rest of the country could be so different from them. The more introspective are asking: What can we do?  Read the full article

Dec. 7, 2016

Donald Trump on Russia, Advice from Barack Obama and How He Will Lead

Time Magazine

By Time Staff

IMMIGRATION - I want Dreamers for our children also. We’re going to work something out. On a humanitarian basis it’s a very tough situation. We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud. But that’s a very tough situation. Read the full article

Dec. 7, 2016

Trump: 'We’re going to work something out' with Dreamers

By Seung Min Kim

Donald Trump is adopting a softer tone on young undocumented immigrants granted work permits through an Obama-era directive that the president-elect has vowed to repeal once he's in the White House. Read the full article

Dec. 5, 2016

Risking Political Pushback, Private Colleges Enroll Undocumented Students

Hechinger Report


By Timothy Pratt, The Hechinger Report

Emory is among a small but growing number of private universities and colleges that have joined many public institutions in accepting DACA and other undocumented students, in part because more private donors are providing... Read the full article

Dec. 5, 2016

For Undocumented Students, Trump Adds New Risk to Study Abroad

Chronicle of Higher Education

By Katherine Mangan

DACA students, as they’re known, can also study abroad and return lawfully if they receive "advance parole" from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. But if DACA is ended, the status that allows them back into the United States might expire as well, immigration experts fear. Read the full article

Nov. 30, 2016

The Truth About Young Immigrants and DACA

The New York Times


OAKLAND, Calif. — Maybe you’ve heard this story line before. With the blithe stroke of a pen and without congressional approval, President Obama gave legal status to a vast population of immigrants who entered the country unlawfully — because he wanted to, and because he found a way. Read the full article

Nov. 25, 2016

What universities are doing to protect their undocumented students


Christian Science Monitor

By Josh Kenworth

From calls to continue DACA and petitions for 'sanctuary campuses' to resource fairs and legal advice, colleges and universities are taking steps to safeguard undocumented students under a Trump administration. Read the full article

Nov. 22, 2016

The Push for Sanctuary Campuses Prompts More Questions Than Answers

The Atlantic

By Emily Deruy

Students at colleges around the United States are asking their school leaders to establish so-called “sanctuary campuses” following President-Elect Donald Trump’s win. Read the full article

Nov. 16, 2016

Student protesters demand that universities become sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants

Washington Post

By Susan Svrluga

Students, faculty and others at many colleges this week called on administrators to designate their schools “sanctuary campuses,” in some cases pushing the idea with walkouts or other demonstrations, and in others, meeting with administrators to talk about it. Read the full article

Nov. 15, 2016

Can a Campus Be a Sanctuary?

Inside Higher Ed

by Elizabeth Redden

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency has prompted a growing number of petitions signed by students, faculty members and alumni at colleges and universities across the country calling on their institutions to limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement authorities and to declare theirs “sanctuary campuses.”  Read the full article

Nov. 15, 2016

Ivy League students, professors, alumni ask schools to be sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants

Washington Post

by Susan Svrluga and Nick Anderson

Thousands of students, professors, alumni and others at elite schools including Harvard, Yale and Brown have signed petitions asking universities to protect undocumented students after a presidential campaign that made illegal immigration a flash point. Read the full article