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On September 5, 2017, DACA was rescinded by the Trump Administration on the basis that it was unconstitutional and has been contested in the courts for years.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. Eligible DACA recipients should consider renewing their protections as soon as possible.

In the meantime, here is what you can do:

Complete the DACA Renewal Fund Request to apply for funds to submit your renewal or to apply for a return of funds if you have already renewed this year.

To learn more about what resources are available in your area, visit UtahDACA.com.

Review SLCC President Deneece Huftalin’s statement on DACA.