Message Regarding Support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Recipients at UMD

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dear Students:

During these challenging times, we know that many at the University of Maryland, College Park are managing increased levels of stress and uncertainty.  Many of you have reached out to me, and other staff in the Student Affairs division, and we will continue to be here to support you. In addition to the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic brings, a number of students in our community are experiencing another level of uncertainty as we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  This Supreme Court case will determine if DACA, which provides work permits and protection from deportation for close to 700,000 DACA recipients will continue or be rescinded. 

Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, I want to communicate the University of Maryland’s strong and continuing support for our DACA recipients and their families. Over the next few months, we will work with our DACA recipients to continue to connect them with legal service providers on and off campus, mental and physical health services, and other support services. If you have not already subscribed to the UndocuTerp newsletter, I encourage you to do so for information and resources.

The University of Maryland is home to the Undocumented and Immigrant Student Life program, based in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union. Staff in that department are here to help you navigate the university and connect you with the various supports in place at UMD College Park for DACA recipients and undocumented students. Support services for DACA recipients include mental and physical health professionals, and emergency aid such as the campus food pantry, emergency meal cards and the Student Crisis Fund. The Undergraduate and Graduate Legal Aid offices also offer monthly time slots to meet with an immigration attorney.  

In these difficult times, our campus remains as supportive as ever of DACA recipients and other immigrants’ learning and working in our community. Please know that the university is actively urging congress to pass legislation that would provide a long term solution for our Dreamers to stay here. To the DACA students and staff affected by this decision, know that you are not alone and that you have our support.


Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs
University of Maryland College Park

Georgina Dodge, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
University of Maryland College Park

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