LAUC recently published a Statement of Principles on Undocumented Students. LAUC welcomes and supports all students, faculty, and staff regardless of immigration status, in accordance with the University of California Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community.
Five years ago this week, when I was secretary of Homeland Security, we began accepting the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications from “dreamers” who had been brought to this country without documentation when they were children.
I will never forget that day: Tens of thousands of some of the best and brightest young people in our country applied to the program and celebrated their ability to live, work and learn in the only nation most of them had ever known.
Exactly five years after the Obama administration implemented the historic “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program (DACA) that granted deportation relief to nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, the Trump Administration late Thursday — in an apparent change of heart — announced it will keep the program, marking a significant victory for “Dreamers” nationwide.
In this article, the authors summarize current policy and provide data on DACA recipients in medical school.
They then review the implications for considering DACA recipients in graduate medical education, including employment guidelines, employer responsibilities, training at Veterans Affairs facilities, research funding, and professional licensure.
They conclude by discussing the future of the DACA program and best practices for supporting students who are DACA recipients.