DACA: Drake is committed to providing resources and support for Dreamers.
On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescission of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. According to the Memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and accompanying FAQs, the agency will continue to adjudicate DACA requests that were filed with DHS by September 5, 2017. DHS will also accept applications for DACA renewals from beneficiaries whose current DACA benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, so long as those requests are received by DHS by October 5, 2017.
Information on new legislation for Dreamers
Legal Resources for DACA Recipients
- DACA recipients can find a variety of Iowa immigration service providers through the Iowa Department of Human Rights website.
- Patricia Houlihan, Interim Director of Clinical Programs for the Drake Law School Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic can be contacted about DACA inquiries at 515-271-2824.
- Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) is an inter-denominational immigration advocacy organization based in Des Moines. JFON provides free legal aid in their Des Moines office and in clinics across the state.
Financial Resources for DACA Recipients
- DACA renewal fee resources
- DACA students can contact Tony Tyler, Director of Student Engagement, Equity and Inclusion, at 515-271-3677, regarding any scholarship questions.
Know Your Rights
Resources for understanding your rights when encountering federal immigration agents or law enforcement
Safety, Health and Wellness Resources for DACA Recipient Students
- DACA students can submit an anonymous inquiry using Drake’s Ethics Point service. Upon receipt of an inquiry, a response will be sent to the originating party back through the Ethics Point site.
- For confidential counseling support, DACA students can contact the University Counseling Center at 515-271-3864.
Students will be tabling all month in the Olmstead Center breezeway with FAQ's on DACA, solidarity signage, "red card" info for DACA students, tips on mental health support, clarifying sanctuary at Drake, and contact info/letter templates for contacting representatives. They are asking campus to send 6,000 letters sent to congress in the next month. Stop by to write a letter.