Sewanee is here to SUPPORT you
- Will I be safe on campus? Sewanee has made it clear that we support the DACA program. Further, the University will not release information about any student’s status to anyone outside of the University, unless legally compelled to do so.
- Can I renew my DACA status? Update: On June 28, 2019, the Supreme Court decided that it will review the legal challenges to DACA, and it will hear oral arguments on November 12, 2019. A decision in the case is expected no later than June 2020. The Supreme Court did not “stay” any of the lower court orders, so the DACA program remains in place for the time being. DACA recipients can continue to submit applications to renew their DACA. On January 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to act on a request from the Trump Administration to review the DACA program. This means that the DACA program remains in place for the time being. DACA renewal applications will continue to be processed according to the January 9, 2018 court decision (below). If the Supreme Court accepts the case at a later date, that case would likely not be heard until October 2019 and not decided until 2020. On January 9, 2018, a federal court issued an order that allows individuals who were previously granted DACA, including those whose DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, to file a renewal request. Individuals who were previously granted DACA but whose DACA expired before September 5, 2016 cannot file a renewal, but can file a new initial request for DACA. Individuals who have never had DACA may not file for DACA now.
- Will I be allowed to attend Sewanee? Yes. Undocumented students, with or without DACA, are welcome on our campus and should continue to pursue higher education.
- Will the University turn over my information to ICE? Only if we are legally compelled to do so.
- If I have DACA, can I leave the country? Effective September 5, 2017, DHS will not approve any new applications for advance parole (approval to leave the country and re-enter the country and maintain DACA status). Current DACA recipients are advised not to leave the country at this time as they may not be permitted to return to the United States.
- Will I lose my financial aid? No. Any undocumented student, with or without DACA, currently receiving institutional financial aid will not lose their funding from Sewanee as long as they are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- Who can I reach out to for support? The Dean of Students Office is ready to help.
This fact sheet from United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center may be helpful in answering questions about renewing DACA.
Note that the DACA renewal program may be available indefinitely or it could be stopped by another court decision. DACA rules are subject to quick changes. The website of the maintains reliable current information about DACA.
- Vice-Chancellor McCardell’s Statement on the Immigration Executive Order
- Vice-Chancellor McCardell's Message about Immigration and Citizenship
- NAICU List of Support for DACA
- ACE Support for DACA
- DHS Memo on Rescission of DACA
- FAQ on Rescission of DACA by DHS
- National Immigration Center FAQ on DACA
- Today's DACA Announcement
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Chart on Options