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DACA ruling: What does it mean for you?

The U’s Dream Center responds to a federal judge's decision on the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

On Friday, July 16, 2021, a federal judge in Texas ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unlawful and blocked new applicants from applying. This comes after a June 2020 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which upheld DACA, protecting thousands of "Dreamers" who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

The University of Utah remains committed to supporting the success of all our students. One of the key resources for the "DACAmented" members of our community is our Dream Center, which works holistically with undocumented students and mixed-status families from college access to graduation.

The Dream Center team put together the following post explaining the ruling for those impacted most.

Students needing support or advising can contact Xris Macias, Dream Center director, at to schedule a virtual meeting.

"Breaking News. Texas Judge blocks new DACA applications and says program is unlawful. Judge Andrew Hanen issued a permanent injunction blocking the DACA program, Meaning, DHS cannot grant DACA status to any new applicants."

"Breaking News. Hanen's order does NOT apply to people whose DACA applications were already accepted and current DACA recipients who remain in good standing. While DHS cannot grant DACA status to any new applicants, DHS will continue to process renewals for now."

"Breaking News. USCIS may not be able to move applications forward for folks who have submitted their applications for the first time and have not yet received their approval notice. Under this order, applications can be held, but they cannot be processed."