As you may have heard, the Trump administration is considering changes that would end or limit the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The University of Washington is strongly opposed to ending a program that benefits 800,000+ people across the nation and we are working with universities across the country to urge the Trump administration not to dismantle or diminish any aspect of DACA.
We have no clear indication of what, if any, changes the administration might make. What is clear, however, is that the UW’s policies regarding immigration status have not and will not change. I am writing today, as are my colleagues at the other UW campuses, to offer support and resources to students who might have questions.
If you, or someone you know would be affected by any changes to DACA, we encourage you to seek out Leadership Without Borders as a resource. Downloadable “Know Your Rights” cards and other resource information can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/ecc/lwb/for-parents-families/immigrantion-rights-information/
We also recommend that students who are currently abroad via advance parole permits return to the United States immediately. If the DACA program ends while students are outside the country, they may not be able to return. Anyone thinking of applying or renewing their DACA soon should seek legal advice.
We realize widely publicized speculations can be distressing. We share your worries and are here to help. As a UW student, you have access to resources available on campus and we encourage you to use them. We are committed to your success -- culminating in graduation and a UW degree – which will be transformative for you and your family. We stand with you on that journey.