Policy Barriers that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (D.A.C.A.) Recipients Encounter While Pursuing Higher Education

Undocumented students suffer the impacts of government policies and are forced to live with the consequences. The implementation of The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (D.A.C.A.) was an executive order that provided undocumented individuals with some type of protection in the United States without the fear of deportation from the country. However, access to financial aid, proper career development, and an uncertain future in this county continues to restrict their academic success. Though D.A.C.A. can be seen as the beginning of a larger plan in immigration reform, others may completely be opposed to this movement. This thesis project examines the obstacles D.A.C.A. students face while pursing a higher education.