Last night, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive orders that seek to protect millions of undocumented persons currently living in the United States from deportation by offering temporary relief. Further, the executive orders expand eligibility to many under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) guidelines initially ordered by President Obama in 2012. Here is a summary of last night’s executive orders that will impact higher education:
Under expanded DACA eligibility, more students will quality for in-state tuition and state-supported scholarships in more states. Since the executive orders now pave the way for more individuals to obtain a social security card and driver’s license under temporary relief, more students will be able to find employment that will help cover educational and living expenses while enrolled in college. These actions will create opportunity for more immigrants to pursue higher education and support their success in pursuit of their educational goals and career aspirations.
If you haven’t already, you may be interested to watch President Obama’s 15-minute Immigration Reform Speech.