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Is Your State Aware of the Updated USCIS Language on Qualifying Education Programs?

While the latest numbers from USCIS show that nearly 800,000 individuals have applied for DACA since the program launched, more than half of those potentially eligible to apply still have not done so. Many of those who have not come forward do not meet the program’s education requirement of at least a high school diploma or equivalent and would therefore need to enroll in a qualifying education program to receive DACA. Unfortunately, these individuals are likely to be older and have work and family responsibilities that could present obstacles to enrolling in a program that would help them qualify. Continue reading

Refocusing on “DACA One” Implementation

Hello Friends.

With the timeline for resolution of the lawsuit challenging the President’s November 2014 executive actions extending far into the future, and with less than half of those potentially eligible having taken advantage of the original DACA program, the time is ripe to re-focus on the opportunities available under “DACA One”.

Many of you have expressed interest in attempting some coordinated efforts in September and October that will bolster outreach and assistance related to the DACA program, with special emphasis on “non-traditional” applicants and educational advancement. So far those with broad buy-in include: identifying non-traditional DACA youth as case examples/media interviewees; organizing a press conference to emphasize that the original DACA program is unaffected by the admin relief lawsuit and more than 50% of those potentially eligible still to come forward/apply; and hosting a high-profile local application processing event/information session that includes an adult education/career pathway counseling or system navigation element. Continue reading


Welcome to the blog of the Network on Educational Success for DACA-DREAM Youth. The purpose of this blog is to explore challenges and opportunities associated with improving the educational success of DACA-DREAM youth. Upcoming posts will examine an array of promising practices and program models, as well as pose questions and topics for discussion related to educational access and attainment for potentially-eligible DACA youth. We hope you will share your knowledge by leaving comments, posing questions for the group and proposing topics for future posts.