Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security announced a discretionary mandate known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

At the time, DACA allowed undocumented individuals to gain temporary lawful presence in the United States if they met certain criteria. Undocumented individuals would be eligible to obtain a work permit and gain relief from deportation.

At SLCC, DACA recipients are eligible to:

  • Obtain part-time or full-time employment on campus
  • Receive SLCC employee benefits (if the recipient is working full-time)
  • Apply for private scholarships (if they are eligible for SB 253)

At SLCC, DACA recipients are NOT eligible for:

  • Federal Financial Aid via the FAFSA (student loans, grants, or work-study)
  • Public scholarships or tuition waivers

NOTE: SLCC students who have DACA will still have to complete an HB 144 affidavit in order to determine their eligibility for in-state tuition.

If you have questions about DACA, please visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for more information.


A Short Timeline of DACA

On September 5, 2017, DACA was rescinded by the Trump Administration on the basis that it was unconstitutional and has been contested in the courts for years. The program was fully restored in December 2020 until recently.

On July 16, 2021, Federal Judge Hanen ruled that DACA is unlawful, violating the Administrative Procedure Act. This means:

  • Current DACA recipients can continue to receive protection from deportation and a work permit.
  • Individuals who are applying for renewal can keep renewing until further notice.
  • Individuals who have been granted DACA as initial applicants are not affected by this ruling.
  • Individuals who have pending initial applications (anything short of being fully granted) face an indefinite freeze of their application.
  • Advanced parole applications are still being accepted for current DACA recipients.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments for the State of Texas v. the USA case on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. At this time, there is no certainty as to how the Fifth Circuit will rule. In its worst case scenario, the Fifth Circuit ruling could end the ability of current DACA recipients to renew their protections moving forward.

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022 the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that DACA is unlawful but sent the case back to the lower court to determine the legality of a new rule currently fortifying the program. The program referenced is President Biden's DACA final rule.

For the time being, DACA remains in effect for over 611,000 immigrants enrolled in the program and no changes have been made. Renewals will still be accepted, and recipients can still apply for Advance Parole.

Salt Lake Community College is committed to supporting the undocumented community, and we have enacted numerous efforts to gather resources that could aid DACAmented SLCC students, faculty, and staff. We urge eligible DACA recipients to renew as soon as possible.

Here is what you can do:


DACA Renewal Fee Reimbursement Program for Employees

As part of our ongoing effort to live our values through dedicated and collective effort, on September 15 Salt Lake Community College announced it will reimburse DACA renewal fees for our employees with DACA status. SLCC employees eligible for this reimbursement are being asked to submit their application no later than November 1, 2022.

Review the following forms to apply:

All applications and documentation should be sent to daca@slcc.edu.