Update Aug. 6, 2018: According to CNBC, a federal district court judge in Washington state ordered the full restoration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Aug. 4, 2018 but delayed the decision for 20 days to give the Trump administration a chance to appeal. If allowed to go into effect, the ruling would require the Trump administration to begin processing new DACA applications and reopen the program in its entirety as soon as Aug. 23, 2018.
Current DACA recipients may apply to renew existing application only. DACA will be reviewed at a Texas district court in August 2018.
Statement from Sept. 1, 2017: The Colorado Department of Higher Education strongly supports continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This vital program has shielded thousands of young people from threat of deportation and has enabled many to pursue their education dreams. The vast majority of DACA recipients came to our country at a young age and identify as Americans. They are active members of Colorado communities, making strong contributions to our great state.
To our DACA students, we will fight to ensure our campuses remain safe and supportive environments. We believe all Coloradans, regardless of their country of origin, deserve the opportunity to contribute their talent and ingenuity to our state.
The Governor signed a letter urging Congress to support the Dream Act. In a letter to Congressional leadership, the governors ask for swift action and for leaders to pass legislation protecting young DREAMers threatened with deportation.
More than a dozen Colorado institutions have signed a national letter of solidarity released by Pomona College:
Since ASSET and DACA both affect Colorado’s undocumented youth, it’s easy to confuse the policies. Here’s how they impact one another:
Students who are undocumented or protected under Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) do not qualify for federal financial aid; however, you may still receive private financial aid from institutions or other organizations.
If you are protected by DACA or are undocumented, you may take the following steps.