FGCU statement on DACA students
Florida Gulf Coast University recognizes the presence of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students on our campus and in our communities. While the DACA and related regulations determine such things as a person’s immigration status, rights and limitations while in the United States, the pursuit of an education is not prohibited. We welcome these students to the university and encourage them to fully engage in all aspects of our higher education experiences. This includes participation in, and use of, FGCU academic and co-curricular experiences and other opportunities and university services available to all students.
Disclaimer: The following information is intended to provide Florida Gulf Coast University students, faculty and staff with resources on the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, with special focus on DACA students. The information, resources and university based guidance should not be considered legal advise. Individuals seeking legal assistance or guidance must seek outside legal counsel as the university currently does not offer this service.
DACA: What is DACA?
DACA is not a law or federal regulation. It is a policy established in 2012 by former US President Obama that allowed undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States at a young age to become eligible for a work permit, a Social Security card, a driver’s license, and deferred deportation. The Trump administrationrescinded the policy Sept. 5, 2017, but delayed ending it until March 5, 2018. President Trump asked Congress to pass legislation to provide a permanent solution for those currently protected under DACA. An estimated 790,000 current DACA permits will begin to expire on a rolling basis after March 5, 2018, with approximately 33,000 individuals losing protection, on average, each month. (source, and for more information http://www.acenet.edu/Pages/Protect-Dreamers-Higher-Education-Coalition.aspx) More recently two preliminary injunctions (federal court orders) filed in January and February 2018 have permitted the US Customs and Immigration Services to resume accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA (source and for more information: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction
Who is eligible for DACA?
Individuals who meet the following are eligible for DACA:
How to renew DACA status
Individuals who are DACA eligible and wish to request renewal of DACA status need to file a renewal request with the USCIS (United States Customs and Immigration Services). See https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction “how to renew.”
How to keep informed on recent developments and changes in the DACA program
Information on recent legal developments related to DACA can be found on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction . This website also provides USCIS 2018 DACA Preliminary Injunction FAQs and other guidance on DACA.
Additional resource links for DACA information (some of these are archived resources):
US Higher Education and DACA
Higher education institutions in the U.S. may and do enroll DACA students. A description of the DACA program and information about DACA students in US higher education is available on the American Council on Education website: