Undocumented Students

Many on our campus have expressed specific concerns about the status of undocumented students at NYU. In these pages, we will provide answers to common questions, share information and updates as they become available, and link to resources.

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September 5, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that the Trump Administration would be rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and without congressional action, DACA will fully expire on March 5, 2018.

If you are enrolled in DACA, but your current protection expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, you are urged to apply for a renewal as soon as possible, as applications received after October 5, 2017 will not be accepted. NYU’s Immigrant Defense Initiative is available to help members of the NYU community navigate the renewal process.

If you are renewing your DACA authorization, the Tejani Immigrant Pathways Fund has been established to help eligible undocumented students and staff pay for DACA application fees. The Fund is open to all current NYU students and staff, who are under considerable financial hardship.  Applications for support from the Tejani Immigrant Pathways Fund may be mailed to Alina Das, 245 Sullivan St., 5th Fl., New York, NY, 10012, or emailed to alina.das@nyu.edu.  Given the impending October 5 deadline, applications will be reviewed promptly.

Despite the message that is being sent by our country’s executive branch, let there be no doubt that here at NYU, our support for Dreamers, and other undocumented members of our community, is unwavering. We also recognize that they will need our support now more than ever, and are committed to providing it, including continuing to provide financial assistance to undocumented students.

We are also working to ensure that NYU’s voice on this critical issue is heard loudly and clearly, and we will continue to be strong advocates on behalf of the 800,000 Dreamers who now find their legal status wholly dependent on Congress’ ability to pass legislation that extends legal protections.

While President Hamilton first wrote these words to President Trump last week, it is now a message that we will be sharing with members of Congress:

As an educator, I can attest to the vibrancy, talent, and ambition that the Dreamers bring to the classroom, the laboratory, and the campus. Their story is, in fact, a genuinely American story: they have earned their places on our nation's campuses through merit and hard work. And as an immigrant myself, I can attest to their love of country, their embrace of its values, their desire to contribute to its welfare, and their hope to see it live up to its highest principles…

The right course for these young people and their families, for our university communities, and for our country is to maintain DACA unaltered. I hope your administration will do so. Few things would be more at odds with our national ideals than punishing the innocent. And compassion is a particularly potent and noble American quality.

We of course are actively monitoring developments surround DACA, and will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

Members of the NYU community who have questions, or require assistance, related to today’s announcement can contact us via this form.

We also want to remind you that NYU’s Immigrant Defense Initiative provides free legal advice, referrals, and/or representation on immigration issues to NYU students, staff, and faculty. Members of the NYU community can schedule a confidential consultation with an Immigrant Defense Initiative attorney by phone at 212.998.6640, or by email at immigrant.defense@law.nyu.edu.


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