OSU Supports DACA Students
"Oklahoma State University urges Congress to move quickly and take away the uncertainty created by the DACA ruling. We have several DACA students, and I am pleased to see the strong support they have received from across our campus community. We are doing what we can to support them and provide what resources we can. Our DACA students are fine students, they don’t get any aid and they work hard. I think they will make great members of our society. They were brought to the United States as minors through no decision of their own. Many were so young the United States is the only home they have known. We need to make sure they can continue to pursue their American dream.”
- Burns Hargis, OSU President
What is DACA?
Daca is a federal government program created in 2012 under Barack Obama to allow people brought to the US illegally as children the temporary right to live, study and work in America. It's a kind of administrative relief from deportation. Those applying are vetted for any criminal history or threat to national security and must be students or have completed school or military service. If they pass vetting, action to deport them is deferred for two years, with a chance to renew, and they become eligible for basics like a driving license, college enrollment or a work permit. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation and 2) a work permit.
What Are The Requirements for DACA?
- You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
- You first came to the United States before your 16th birthday;
- You have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 until the present;
- You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, or your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- You are currently studying, or you graduated from high school or earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or military (technical and trade school completion also qualifies); and
- You have not been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors (including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind. Consult with an attorney about any contact you have had with law enforcement or immigration authorities.