This message from IRT Director Marissa Hill-Dongre was emailed to the IRT email list:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced that the Trump Administration will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, but delay action for six months to allow Congress time to replace the program with legislation.
During the five years since it was first announced, DACA has allowed a generation of immigrants who were brought here as young children to envision a future where they can work, study and contribute in the country that is their home in every way except on paper. They have deep roots in our nation and our state, having grown up in our neighborhoods and attended our schools. In our own community at the University of Minnesota, they are valued fellow students, pursuing their academic dreams in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.
According to early news reports:
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer accept new applications for DACA.
- Those currently enrolled in DACA will be able to continue working until their permits expire.
- Those whose permits expire by March 5, 2018 will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals as long as they do so by Oct. 5, 2017. DHS will review these applications on a case-by-case basis.
- New applications and renewal requests already received by DHS before today will be reviewed and validated on a case-by-case basis, even those for permits that expire after March 5, 2018.
We are awaiting more details about today's announcement and we will send updates when we have new information.
In the meantime, we want students and staff with DACA (and undocumented individuals as well) to know the Immigration Response Team is here to listen and support them, to get answers to their questions and to help connect them with resources on campus and in our community.
Departments and advisors can also consult with us, and we encourage faculty and advisors to refer students to us for assistance.
We can be reached at email@example.com or 612-624-4224.