Public Policy

Current Law

The Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as DACA, is a program that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to legally reside in the U.S. This program was put in place by the Obama Administration on June 15, 2012.

CASE Position

CASE strongly supports the continuation of the DACA program and is a member of the Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition. As a global association committed to advancing education worldwide, CASE supports policies that allow and encourage individuals to seek life-changing educational opportunities in the United States regardless of their or their parents' country of origin. Roughly 45 percent of current DACA recipients are enrolled in school or college. CASE will work with our education sector partners to urge Congress to pass legislation as soon as possible that will include all the protections currently provided under DACA and allow these individuals to continue contributing to our society and economy by working, serving in the military or attending college.


Congress has failed to pass legislation extending protections provided to participants in the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program. Four separate bills aimed at providing a permanent solution for DACA participants (or Dreamers) and enhanced border security failed to secure the requisite 60 votes to proceed in the Senate. More recently, another two bills failed to pass in the House of Representatives. In November 2018, a federal judge backed a lower court's ruling to block the Trump administration's termination of DACA. The administration has since petitioned the Supreme Court to intervene in the various termination cases. The administration made this request previously and was denied. At this time, the Department of Homeland Security must continue processing renewals for current DACA participants, it does not have to accept new applications.

For the latest developments on DACA, please visit the CASE Advocacy Action Center and join the CASE Advocacy Network.

Updated November 20, 2018