Resources for DACA and Undocumented Students

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has become uncertain under the current administration, and this guide is intended to focus on the well-being and safety of students affected by this measure, as well as to provide resources.

Purpose of this guide

This guide is meant to serve as a starting point and is not meant to be exhaustive. It is adapted from an original Research Guide, Resources for and about DACA and Undocumented Students from the Claremont University Consortium, created by Beth Namei

If you have feedback about this guide or would like to suggest additional resources, please contact Marianne Williams, Librarian-in-Residence at the University of Arkansas.

Image credit: Kevin Snyder for the Arkansas Traveler

Books on Undocumented and DACA Recipients from the Diversity Collection

What is DACA?

Image of an outdoor mural in Fayetteville, Arkansas featuring images of children and slogans about the DREAM act

UPDATE (June 23, 2020): Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a 2-year renewable permit for young undocumented people in the U.S., was unconstitutionally rescinded and can stay the law of the land.

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status. - Department of Homeland Security

Image: Mural on the Fayetteville Bike Trail in 2018 (now removed) by local artist Brandon Bullette

What you can do

Image credit: A rally outside Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in Los Angeles, Associated Press via New York Times

Image creditA rally outside Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in Los Angeles, Associated Press via New York Times