DACA update A federal appeals court in Louisiana ordered a lower court review of the Biden Administration revisions to the DACA program. Current DACA recipients are protected, but the order has led to uncertainty around the program.
October 14, 2022
Dear Wolf Pack Family,
I hope this message finds you well. Over the past several weeks, we have commemorated a number of important days that have helped to recognize the unique and diverse nature of the people of our University. I wish to thank all of you for the significant efforts that you are all making to ensure that our campus is a welcoming place, one where we make every effort to always understand and encourage one another.
Last week, a federal appeals court in Louisiana ordered a lower court review of the Biden Administration revisions to the DACA program. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision said a federal district judge in Texas should take another look at the DACA program following revisions that were adopted in August. Last Wednesday’s ruling leaves current DACA recipients protected. But, at least for now, the ruling bars any new applicants to the program. Current DACA recipients shall continue to receive DACA protections and can continue to renew their permits.
For DACA participants and for any future applicants to the program, this latest ruling is no doubt a source of great uncertainty as to what the future of the program will hold. For more than 10 years now, the nation’s DACA policy has provided temporary protections for more than 800,000 individuals. Our University has made a commitment to provide our DACA students with a number of resources needed to successfully navigate the often complex path in reaching graduation — academic support, educational protections and benefits, mental health support and more.
Our DACA-eligible students and their families are a source of great pride and inspiration to our entire University. In every way, their dreams and their achievements speak to the institutional purposes of our University. We believe firmly in the notion that all students on our campus should be able to achieve anything they wish to pursue, and our DACA and undocumented students are no exception. Our DACA students and their families deserve our support, and the University will continue to stand with them.
The University is closely monitoring the situation, and will continue to share the latest developments and updates with you.