The presidential election has jolted campuses with speculation and concern about undocumented community members and other issues impacting international populations. The roughly 750,000 young people who have been approved for the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have been the subject of particular attention. More broadly, there have been some calls to create “sanctuary campuses.” Statements and petitions have been circulated by college and university presidents, student groups and policymakers.
This ACE Issue Brief can help frame the discussion about these questions. It addresses concerns such as the data DACA applicants submitted in their applications; sanctuary campuses; institutional pledges of non-cooperation; and complying with requests by federal officials for records identifying undocumented students or other community members, among others.