On September 4, 2017 – the US Attorney General issued a letter that the DACA program is unconstitutional. The following day, he also issued information regarding the rescission of the DACA program. Generally, the DACA program phases out on March 5, 2018 (6 months), however, Congress or the President may act before that time to make changes which could change its expiration as well as the nature of the program. Current deferrals and employment authorizations under DACA are valid until the date of expiration on those documents. Pending applications and renewals will be considered on a case-by-case basis under the current rules.
The information below is provided as a summary of how the rescission/phase-out will work as well as to provide information on resources within the University of Houston System.
Initial DACA requests for deferral and for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that have already been filed will be considered on a case-by-case basis within the same parameters as before if the requests were received by Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
All pending applications and renewals as of September 5, 2017 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Current DACA recipients whose benefits will expire during the 6 month grace period (between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018) have an additional month to file for renewal of DACA benefits and associated applications for EADs. Requests to renew DACA and associated applications for EADs must be filed by October 5, 2017.
Current DACA recipients whose benefits will expire after the six month grace period (after March 5, 2018) cannot file for renewal after September 5, 2017. Therefore, after September 5, 2017, all renewal applications for DACA that would expire after March 5, 2018, will be denied.
USCIS had a program through which DACA recipients could request permission to travel outside the country and re-enter with their DACA status, if they could demonstrate that their need for travel was for “humanitarian, education, or employment” purposes.
If an individual’s still-valid EAD is lost, stolen, or destroyed, they may request a replacement EAD by filing a new Form I-765.
USCIS says that the information provided in DACA requests will not proactively be provided to ICE and CBP for immigration proceedings, unless they meet the requirements for a Notice to Appear; however, CIS notes that this policy may be modified, superseded, or revoked without notice at any time. See: 2011 USCIS Policy Memorandum re Notices to Appear. Generally, these would be items that are a violation of DACA status.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Action 2011 memorandum titled “Enforcement Actions at or Focused on Sensitive Locations” remains in effect. Sensitive locations include colleges and universities. This policy is designed to ensure that enforcement does not occur unless exigent circumstances exist.
Statement from UH System Chancellor Renu Khator on DACA (September 5, 2017).
The University of Houston Law Center’s immigration clinic is available to University of Houston System students from all of our campuses who need a free intake consultation. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the clinic main number at (713) 743-2094. Be sure to indicate you are a student with the UH System and ask for an intake consultation.
The Urban Experience Program (UEP) in the UH Division of Student Affairs complements the larger mission of the University of Houston by expanding opportunities for the university’s diverse student population by preventing minor obstacles from becoming major setbacks to degree achievement. The priority at UEP is to help students thrive by offering a variety of services that students need to get the most out of their college experience and prepare for a successful future. The UEP Office is located in Student Service Center 1, Bldg., 524, Room 302; email: UEPUH@central.uh.edu; phone (713) 743-6032; UEP DACA website.
Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA) is an immigrant youth led organization at the University of Houston that aims to improve the present reality faced by undocumented students by being their voice in and out of campus.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) provides workshops, programs, student leadership opportunities, and safe space environments to promote cross-cultural communication and culturally-responsive practices that help diverse communities connect. CDI is located in the Student Center South, Suite B12; email: uhcdi@central. uh.edu.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion along with a committee of students, faculty and staff created the DREAMzone Ally Training modeled after Arizona State University’s DREAMzone Training. The workshop educates the University of Houston community about the undocumented student experience, discusses the challenges that undocumented students and their families may face, and provides local and national resources that assist undocumented students through their collegiate journey. The goal of this training is to create a more inclusive campus environment for undocumented students who are often considered an invisible population.
DREAMzone Ally Training:
September 19th - 12:00pm-1:00pm
Student Center South-Bayou City Room
October 26th - 4:00pm-5:00pm
Student Center South-Bayou City Room
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) promotes the well-being of the diverse campus community by balancing high quality mental health services and clinical training with accessibility to foster student success through self-discovery, learning and interpersonal engagement. CAPS believes that the mental health of students is a vital component of their academic, personal, and professional success. We are able to provide emotional and psychological support for students who may be experiencing a range of emotions, including fear, shock, anxiety, sadness, helplessness, and/or anger. After business hours, CAPS is available to you 24/7 by calling our main number at (713) 743-5454 to be connected to our after-hours counselor. We are located at Student Services Center 1, Room 226.
The University of Houston embraces diversity and recognizes our responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn, work and serve. We value the academic, social, and broader community benefits that arise from a diverse campus and are committed to equity, inclusion and accountability. Diversity enriches our university community and is a driving force instrumental to our institutional success and fulfillment of the university’s mission. We commit to engaging in an ongoing dialogue to thoughtfully respond to the changing realities of our increasingly interconnected world. We will continually strive to work together to address the challenges of the future in a way that removes barriers to success and promotes a culture of inclusivity, compassion and mutual respect. The competencies gained through diverse experiences across campus prepare all of our students, staff and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a global society.
Further information can be found within the resources below.