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Frequently Asked Questions

What is DACA?

DACA, an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a policy that protects around 800,000 young people — known as “DREAMers” — who entered the United States unlawfully as children. The program does not grant them official legal status or a pathway to citizenship, but it does allow them to apply for a driver’s license, social security number, and work permit.

President Trump repeatedly tried to dismantle the program, established by President Barack Obama in 2012. A federal judge ruled in December 2020 that first-time DACA applicants were permitted to apply, after the Trump administration stopped accepting new applications. He also extended the renewal period to two years, from one year.

In October 2022, the Biden administration’s final DACA rule went into effect, shortly after a federal judge ruled that the program could temporarily continue but new applicants would still be barred from applying. As of 2023, no date has been set for additional hearings to confirm DACA’s future, long-term status.

How can I support best support undocumented students as a member of the Seattle University community?

It is important to remember that the need for privacy is imperative for our undocumented students. Should someone chose to disclose their circumstances, it is important that you maintain their anonymity. Your support can be demonstrated through the following strategies:

  • Do your homework and learn about the issues, policies, and needs of undocumented students.
  • Thank them for trusting you with personal information and assert your support.
  • Give room for the student(s) to share their needs, and avoid ascribing what you think is necessary. Remember each person carries multiple identities that are intersectional and contribute to their unique understanding of the world.
  • Respond from a place of care, demonstrate empathic listening, and seek support from areas such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Campus Ministry, and Counseling & Psychological Services based on the concerns raised by the student(s).

What financial resources do we have available for undocumented students?

For general financial aid information, please visit Student Financial Services.

For assistance with DACA renewal fees and emergency financial needs, contact OMA to inquire about the Mariposa Emergency Fund.

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