Two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began offering the opportunity for young people to request consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and obtain temporary relief from removal from the United States. Over 580,800 young people from all over the world have received DACA since 2012. Today, current and former students who requested DACA beginning in 2012 are now becoming able to request consideration for renewal of DACA.
Understanding the role educators play in guiding and supporting undocumented students, the Secretary has written a letter to educators that provides information and resources to help them understand DACA and offer support to undocumented students who choose to request consideration for DACA or renewal of DACA. The letter can be found under the DACA section of Educational Resources for New Arrivals & DACA Students web page found here.
The U.S. Department of Education has created Additional Questions & Answers Enrolling New Immigrant Students. Along with the first fact sheet developed in August, Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States, they contain information to help education leaders better understand the responsibilities of States and local educational agencies (LEAs) to educate all immigrant students – including children who recently arrived in the United States. Both fact sheets can be found here.