What is DACA?

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A Little History...

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, took place on June 15, 2012 and has provided 800,000 young immigrants the ability to pursue higher education, work and a pathway to citizenship without fear of deportation.

Current State of DACA

On June, 18, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled the administration could not proceed with the plan to discontinue the DACA program.

The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, protects people brought to the United States as children by protecting them from deportation, giving them the legal ability to work and attend institutions of higher education. For UTA this means that DACA recipients who currently have or previously had DACA can continue to submit applications to renew their DACA and continue their education.

Review the official memorandum from the United States White House regarding preserving and fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


We use the term Dreamers to identify undocumented students who may or may not hold DACA Status-Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.