DACA Updates

On September 13, 2023,  district court judge Hanen (again) ruled that DACA is unlawful.   However, although this is a negative ruling, DACA renewals and Advance Parole applications continue to be accepted and processed. Initial DACA applications, unfortunately, are still not being processed.  

This district court decision has not take away DACA renewals for current DACA recipients (a decision like this would be up to the appeals court, or later, the Supreme Court). That means that, despite the ruling this fall, the following remain true:

  • DACA renewals are still open. This could change, which is why we urge you to renew as soon as possible while the courts are still allowing these applications to be processed.
  • First-time DACA applications continue to stay in limbo and will not be processed.
  • Advance parole for current DACA recipients is still available.

Visit Informed Immigrant's page for more.


On Wednesday, October 6, 2022, an appeals court in the Fifth Circuit ruled that DACA is unlawful and sent the case challenging the DACA policy back to the district court that originally ruled to end the program. While this ruling maintains the DACA status-quo for now, it was a negative outcome.  DACA remains in jeopardy.

DACA recipients should know that they can continue to renew for now and that their work permits remain valid. This means that if you have a work permit today, it remains; and programs like Advanced Parole remain. Unfortunately, this ruling also maintains the status quo that DHS will not process first-time DACA applications.

Check out  for more.

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On, April 12, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that individuals who previously received deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may now file, online.

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On July 16, 2021, a Texas Federal District Court DACA unlawful. Key takeaways for DACA recipients:

  • If you have DACA right now, you can keep it.
  • If you have a renewal in place, you can keep renewing until further notice.
  • If you have a granted/approved initial DACA application, it is still good.
  • If you have DACA right now, you can still apply for advance parole.
  • If you have a pending initial application (not yet granted/approved), there is an indefinite freeze on that application.

Looking for help to make sense of the ruling?  Check out these resources:

  • United We Dream: 
  • Penn State Law:
  • NYT:
  • NPR:

On December 15, 2021, .

For a more comprehensive list of federal immigration updates, visit the Federal Updates page. 

Final Rule: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

On September 27, 2021, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a to preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, echoing the "preserving and fortifying" language of President Biden's .

On November 18, 2021, President Biddy Martin submitted a 蹤獲扦 comment in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in response to DHS's Proposed Rule.

On August 24, 2022, DHS announced the (to be published August 30, 2022) to codify the DACA 2012 policy into regulation.  In this final rule, the name, eligibility criteria, application process, and cost remain the same as the current DACA program.  While the proposed rule included a decoupling of protection from deportation and work permits, the final rule does not.  Importantly, the freeze on the processing of initial applications is still active by court orderthe new rule does not open applications to new applicants. The regulation goes into effect starting October 31, 2022.  For more information, visit .

The Office of Immigration Services (OIS) supports all students at 蹤獲扦 who are navigating the legal landscape of immigration policy in the U.S.  You can read more about us here

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the director of the OIS, Hanna Bliss, with any questions or if we can be of any support.

蹤獲扦's Committment

"We will keep our commitment to recruiting, admitting, and educating the most talented students regardless of where they were born or what resources their families might enjoy. We will also continue to meet every students full financial need, whether that student is an American citizen, a permanent resident, an international student, or an undocumented immigrant."   Letter to campus from President Biddy Martin on September 5, 2017.

On-Campus Resources

Career Resources

  • (powered by Immigrants Rising): Learn how to leverage your skills, knowledge and experience to make money through freelancing or starting your own business
  • (recorded webinar, 2020, offered by , , , )
  • : Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation.
  • : A digital platform that integrates data, policies, and resources about DACA and undocumented, other immigrant, international, and refugee students to support immigration reform and federal policymaking, fuel change at the state and campus level, and build a diverse movement of partners and stakeholders advocating for these students.
    • : Including a general overview of some of the most common options available to undocumented individuals who want to earn income through working in tech.
    • : A list of scholarships and fellowships for undocumented students compiled by several organizations.
    • : Guides for DACA recipients and TPS holders on how to navigate their entry into the workforce, and a guide for employers of DACA and TPS workers.
    • : A guide for pre-med undocumented students interested in attending medical school.
    • : A Guide for DACA recipients
  • : Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals.

Legal Resources

  • : American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  •  (NILC): One of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.
  • :  American Immigration Council.
  • : Helping low-income immigrants find legal help.
  •  (ILRC): Providing legal trainings, eductional materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights.

Regional Resources

  •   The Center for New Americans welcomes and serves immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers.  Center for New Americans offers assistance with DACA applications and renewals. 
  • The Central West Justice Center, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid, provides free legal help to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. Advocates focus on cases involving humanitarian-based immigration law, employment rights, housing and homelessness issues, and access to 蹤獲扦 benefits.
  •   The Pioneer Valley Workers Center builds power with low-wage and immigrant workers throughout Western Massachusetts.
  •   This site provides details about the scope of the police department's authority and resources, including information about U-Visa Certification.
  •   Detailed police policy statement regarding immigrant rights, immigration status; procedures for immigration complaints, and much more.

Additional Resources

  • (Higher Ed Immigration Portal): A consolidated place for the most recent resources to support undocumented students and individuals access and afford college, start their professional careers, and receive legal support and mental health support, among other types of resources
  • : Research paper by economists at Southern Methodist University, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, and Dartmouth College showing that the DACA program has had a positive effect on the high school graduation and college attendance rates of undocumented youth, particularly female students.
  • : Website of immigrant youth-led movement. Includes many resources, .
  • : Higher Education, DACA & Dreamers
  • : Offered by the American Immigration Council (AIC)
  • : Offered by Informed Immigrant
  • n: Offered by Miller Mayer LLPP Attorneys at Law
  • : Up-to-date information and resources for undocumented immigrants, with an emphasis on community