OSDI supports DACA students

The Trump administration is considering changes that would end or limit the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The University of Washington is strongly opposed to ending this program and we are working with universities across the country to urge the Trump administration not to dismantle or diminish any aspect of DACA.

We have no clear indication of what, if any, changes the administration might make. What is clear, however, is that UW's policies regarding immigration status have not and will not change.

Undocumented & DACA Students

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump's decision to phase out the DACA program. That same day, UW President Ana Mari Cauce issued statements reiterating their opposition to ending DACA.

The DACA phase-out will occur over six months, as President Trump put it, in order to "provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act" on the issue. The Department of Homeland Security has issued a "Fact Sheet" and a set of "Frequenty Asked Questions" with details on the phase-out process. Two key features of the phase-out are:

  • Current employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under DACA will remain valid until they expire, which is generally two years from the date of issuance.
  • Current DACA recipients will have until October 5, 2017 to submit a request to renew their EADs IF their DACA benefits are due to expire anytime between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.

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