Stanford has actively supported the DREAM Act legislation since its introduction in 2001, which would enable undocumented students to continue their education and apply for citizenship.
The university also supports DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has allowed undocumented individuals who entered the United States as children to remain in the country without fear of deportation. (We do not, however, require undergraduates to have DACA status to enroll or receive financial aid.)
Stanford is among the hundreds of colleges and universities that have advocated in support of DACA. In August 2017, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne sent a further letter to the White House encouraging the continuation of DACA.
Following the federal administration’s Sept. 5, 2017, announcement about DACA, Stanford has renewed its call for Congress to expeditiously pass legislation to provide permanent residence and a path to citizenship for our country’s DREAMers. The university will continue to be active in advocating for federal action on this subject.
Finally, Stanford has engaged in the legal process on other issues important to our international and immigrant communities, joining several amicus briefs challenging the federal administration’s travel bans and decision to rescind DACA. See the University Statements page for more information on these actions.