ACCT Statement on Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals Program

June 16, 2017

The Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is of critical importance to thousands of community college students. We welcome that on the fifth anniversary of the creation of DACA that the Department of Homeland Security has issued information indicating that DACA will remain in place for current recipients.

In the days leading up to the inauguration of President Trump, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) weighed in on this important issue, urging President Trump to maintain the DACA program. It is part of community colleges’ core mission as open-access institutions to serve and educate all members of our communities. DACA is an important asset that facilitates this mission, providing stability and economic opportunity for qualified students.

This updated information from the Department of Homeland Security provides some indication that the Administration intends to keep DACA in place. ACCT supports this announcement and hopes that the Administration will provide an official announcement regarding its intentions for DACA students both now and in the future.

J. Noah Brown
ACCT President and CEO