Recent DACA Ruling (July 19, 2021)

​​​​​​​​At Dallas College, we are committed to our mission of transforming lives and communities, which includes providing our students of all backgrounds an opportunity to pursue higher education.​

On Friday, a federal judge ruled ​that Congress had not granted the Department of Homeland Security the authority to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program, created in 2012, was intended to provide administrative relief from deportation and provide a work permit for eligible immigrants who came to the United States before their 16th birthday and were younger than 31 years old as of June 15, 2012. While Friday's ruling does not bar future applications to the program, it does prohibit the government from approving applications for the time being.  It also does not immediately cancel current permits for the approximately 700,000 immigrants — also known as “​Dreamers”​ — who benefit from it.

How the ruling will impact the more than 450,000 undocumented students across the nation enrolled in higher education remains unclear. The federal government and several interested parties are expected to appeal the ruling. The judge also acknowledged that many Dreamers have integrated into various facets of our society, and it would not be in the nation's best interests to suddenly terminate a government program that has engendered such a significant reliance.

For our DACA students attending Dallas College, nothing in the order issued last Friday has the effect of prohibiting you from continuing your studies. We see, firsthand, the impact an education can have on a student, family​ and community and will continue to advocate for a permanent legislative solution at the federal level.

Please know that the faculty and staff of Dallas College are committed to your success regardless of your immigration status and want you to feel safe and supported as you pursue your education.

Again, despite this recent ruling, I want to reaffirm our commitment to you and to ensuring that Dallas College is a supportive, welcoming place where all students are free to pursue their education. Please do not hesitate to reach out for help if you need it.

Joe May

DACA Resources

The information and resources included on this page are provided for informational purposes only and do not imply, nor should their inclusion be construed as, an endorsement by Dallas College of any organization, agency or service listed, nor does exclusion imply or constitute disapproval. The c​ollege makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained herein, nor does it claim responsibility for any actions taken by any of the organizations or agencies included here​. The college disclaims any responsibility or liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive or consequential damages which may result in any form from the use of the information or resources provided herein. Students should contact the organization or agency listed directly for answers to questions regarding resources or services.

Legal Assistance

Nonprofit organizations providing low-​cost/free legal services and referrals:

DACA Renewal Application and Funding Assistance

  • North Texas Dream Team (NTDT) 
  • Mexican Consulate — Individuals need to go in person to receive assistance and information on DACA renewal support. Address: 1210 River Bend Drive, Dallas, TX 75247​

Scholarship​ Opportunities for Undocumented, DACA and DACA-Eligible Students

Other Local Resources

  • The Concilio — Supporting the health and wellness of immigrant families
  • ImmSchools —​ Partnering with K-12 educators to support undocumented students and families