The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program hit the 10-year mark facing an uncertain future—and concerns that more undocumented students are graduating high school without access to the program’s protections.
In a statement submitted to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Georgetown University said it is “a proud home to Dreamers” and asserted its support for a proposed rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia has cosigned a new letter from the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and the American Business Immigration Council supporting the Dream Act of 2021.
Colleges and universities wondering what a new administration and unified Congress could mean saw clear signals this week as President-Elect Joe Biden proposed a new infusion of support for higher ed and aides spoke of cancelling student loan debt.
Colleges and other higher education stakeholders are working to connect undocumented students with support as they shoulder both pandemic- and immigration-related threats to degree completion.
Universities and students looked on intently this week as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases that will determine the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Georgetown this month joined 18 other colleges and universities in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The uncertainty and family upheaval faced by undocumented students have prompted colleges to offer specialized support, such as emergency travel funds, legal aid, counseling, and online education options.
U.S. universities in states that border Mexico are developing support systems, transportation options, and faculty policies that reflect the difficulties of attending class in one nation while living in another.
A new report indicates that 98,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools every year, up significantly from prior estimates placing that number at 65,000 students.
Continuing its support for undocumented students, Georgetown has called on top congressional leaders to pass permanent protections that relieve university communities experiencing “high anxiety and uncertainty.”
Launched at a late-July conference, a new consortium aims to harness university communities’ potential to empower and protect refugees and at-risk migrants.