Emory University affirms support for DACA students

By Emory Vantage | Nov. 11, 2019

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Emory University welcomes all students regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or immigration status. We know exceptional students are part of every community, and we believe our community benefits from this diversity. For these reasons, Emory filed legal briefs in support of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Leadership will provide updates on university steps and initiatives as legal challenges continue. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding the DACA program on Nov. 12. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is DACA?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established in 2012 and allows individuals who entered the country as undocumented immigrants before the age of 16 to request deferred action from removal proceedings. Individuals must apply to the program, which is renewable for two-year periods.

Does Emory admit undocumented students?

As a private university, Emory is permitted to admit undocumented students under state and federal law. All applicants, including undocumented students, are held to the same rigorous and selective admission standards based on academic record and the potential we see in them for long-term success.

Why does Emory admit undocumented students?

Emory welcomes all students regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or immigration status. We believe our community benefits from this intellectual and social diversity.

Is financial aid available for undocumented students?

Emory meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for every admitted domestic undergraduate student. Emory provides institutional, university financial aid only to undergraduate undocumented students with demonstrated financial need. No state or federal funds are used for this program.

How does Emory protect the privacy of students?

Emory adheres to all applicable laws regarding students’ privacy. Just as we respect the authority of government officials performing their legal duties, we respect federal and state laws that protect the privacy of our students, including students registered with the DACA program. Following those laws, we do not share confidential student records with law enforcement agencies without a valid subpoena. 

Emory actions and messages regarding DACA

Emory, other universities file brief with Supreme Court in support of DACA

Emory joined 18 other leading universities in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to support the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

Established in 2012, DACA allows individuals who entered the United States as undocumented immigrants before the age of 16 to apply for protection from deportation. The Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum in September 2017 rescinding the program. Several courts have blocked the federal government from ending DACA and the case is now before the Supreme Court.

The brief was filed Oct. 3 in support of the respondents in the case, which include the Regents of the University of California and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, among others.

Other schools joining the brief are Brown University, the California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis and Yale University.

Emory previously joined other universities in filing similar briefs in support of DACA with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division.

Actions and messages

Emory, other universities file brief with Supreme Court in support of DACA (Oct. 3, 2019)

Emory, other universities call on court to back DACA students (July 25, 2018)

Emory, other leading universities urge appeals court to support DACA students (April 24, 2018)

Emory joins court brief supporting DACA students (Nov. 2, 2017)

Emory reaffirms support for DACA students (Includes a Sept. 7 letter from Emory and other universities urging Congress to act on DACA and two messages from President Sterk dated Sept. 6, 2017 and Aug. 31, 2017)

Emory affirms support for undocumented students (Two letters to the Emory community dated Jan. 18, 2017 and Nov. 21, 2016)