“To the Dreamers in our student community, we stand with you and celebrate today’s decision. We are so glad to be able to continue supporting you in your academic journeys and we will continue to help you make your dreams of a college education a reality. We are blessed to serve your great potential to make positive change in the world’
-UIW President, Dr. Thomas Evans
While this list of resources is not comprehensive, we hope it provides helpful direction for anyone who may need assistance.
All are welcome here at UIW and your presence helps to shape the fabric of the UIW community.
DACA Updates (per NAFSA website)
On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) released its opinion in the Department of Homeland Security et al. v. Regents of the University of California et al. case, holding that the 2017 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo that rescinded DACA was “arbitrary and capricious” under the Administrative Procedure Act and remanding the issue back to DHS for the agency to consider anew the “conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients.” This leaves DACA intact for now, but the administration is expected to try again to rescind it. Read the SCOTUS decision here (pdf)
In the meantime:
- USCIS will continue to accept limited kinds of DACA requests, as described in its July 17, 2019 DACA status update:
- USCIS will continue to accept timely-filed DACA renewal requests from individuals already granted DACA
- USCIS will continue to accept "late-filed" DACA renewal requests from individuals whose period of DACA expired less than a year ago
- USCIS will continue to accept new initial DACA requests from individuals who had previously been granted DACA but whose period of DACA expired more than one year ago
- As a result of the June 28, 2020 SCOTUS decision, though, DHS will have to develop and publish guidance to restore processing DACA-based advance parole and new initial requests for DACA from individuals who had never been granted DACA in the past. An individual may not apply for those benefits yet, until USCIS publishes procedures and guidance on how to do so.
- The administration is expected to try again to rescind DACA in a way that would comply with “the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.”
DACA students should seek the counsel of an experienced immigration lawyer or recognized/accredited organization or representative regarding their DACA eligibility and filings. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) web tool at Ailalawyer.org can be a good place to look for an immigration lawyer.
For more details about the decision, visit Immigration Cases.org - DACA Resource Page