What to tell students who are concerned about DACA

Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects undocumented young immigrants from being deported.

There are currently more than 800,000 recipients, some of whom are current students on college campuses. In wake of the Trump administration's announcement, colleges are creating FAQ and resource pages on their websites designed to support these DACA recipient students and their allies.

To help our member institutions respond to the announcement, EAB researchers have highlighted several high-quality examples of such pages, which you can use when creating your own.

Ingredients of a high-quality resource page

Tone

  • The highlighted FAQs address a few main student concerns with a supportive yet honest tone: Will they be safe on campus? Will they be allowed to attend university this year? Will the university turn over their information to ICE? Can they study abroad? What are their rights? Will they lose their financial aid?
  • Most of the highlighted FAQs use accessible language (more so than the government literature) in colorful text boxes to draw the reader’s attention to information on the DACA rescission
  • Some universities offer FAQs in English alongside a Spanish translation

Audience

  • The FAQs focus on supporting DACA students but also addressing the needs of other stakeholders such as DACA employees, faculty, staff, and allies. For example, some institutions are making staff aware of protocol if ICE or law enforcement asks for student information
  • Extra resources

    • Nearly every university FAQ links to the FAQ page published by the Department of Homeland Security and USCIS
    • Most universities offer information on what they are doing in response to this decision, such as linking to a letter from the president or chancellor on the recent decision
    • Most FAQs include resources for free legal representation either through the institution or an outside organization
    • A few of the FAQs address the stress and uncertainty the decision is causing DACA students by offering mental health resources
    • Links to campus and other resources abound in the answers to the FAQs

    Common questions covered

    • What is the campus doing in response to this news?
    • Can I continue to attend university even if I lose DACA?
    • Can I renew my DACA?
    • I currently have DACA, when do I lose the ability to work legally?
    • Will my tuition or financial aid package be impacted if my DACA expires?

    Example resources

    • California State University (CSU)
      • FAQ on the DACA Update
        • I am a current DACA recipient and I am studying abroad. Will I be allowed re-entry if DACA is repealed?
        • What can I do if I come in contact with ICE?
      • Fact Sheet Regarding Rescission of DACA
        • Designed to help students understand what the DACA repeal means and how it affects students
    • University of California at Berkeley
      • DACA: Frequently Asked Questions
        • I trusted the government with my information when I applied for DACA. Can they use it to deport me?
        • Where can I get mental health support?
        • I am an ally. What can I do to help?
    • Georgetown University
    • Cornell University
      • Privacy Protocol FAQ (not updated this week, but it is the FAQ provided on the university’s updated DACA page found here. The general DACA page was updated this week.)
        • If Cornell staff or faculty members receive requests from ICE or other agencies for student confidential records, how should they respond?
    • University of Chicago
      •  Frequently Asked Questions: Undocumented Students/DACA (not updated this week, but it is the FAQ provided on the university’s updated DACA page found here. The general DACA page was updated this week.)
        • Will the University be making any legal resources available for undocumented students and employees who have DACA?
        • Does the University provide any mental health resources tailored to addressing the needs of undocumented and DACA students and students from mixed status families?

    Additional resources often included

    University public responses


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