Advocating for DACA students

Many in the university community have expressed a desire to help advocate on behalf of DACA students. We provide this for informational purposes only. Participation in any advocacy campaign is completely optional and done on an individual basis (i.e., you do not speak on behalf of the university or its interests).

IU has policies for faculty and staff about political advocacy and involvement. Make sure that you follow all applicable policies if you participate in any advocacy campaign.

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IU's position

IU has called on Congress to forge a swift, fair, and compassionate solution that codifies the provisions of DACA into law. However, IU has not taken a position on any pending legislation.

Pending legislation

Several senators and representatives have introduced bills that would provide some legal protection for DACA recipients and other undocumented individuals. These include the BRIDGE Act, the SECURE Act, the DREAM Act, the RAC Act, the SUCEED Act, the USA Act, and the SAFA Act.


Basically, the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act would extend the same protection as DACA to those who currently qualify for it for three years to allow Congress to work out a longer-term solution.

The Security, Enforcement, and Compassion United in Re-form Efforts (SECURE) Act includes many changes to U.S. law relating to the border, entry-exits, E-Verify, etc. It includes the BRIDGE Act. This means if the SECURE Act is passed, the BRIDGE Act also passes.


Each of these bills (Development Relief and Eduction for Alien Minors [DREAM] Act, Recognizing America's Children [RAC] Act, and Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation [SUCCEED] Act) would allow undocumented individuals meeting certain criteria to apply for conditional permanent residency, lawful permanent residency, and eventually apply for citizenship.

The three bills differ in the criteria that undocumented individuals would be allowed to apply for conditional permanent residency and the process to transition to lawful permanent resident.  All three bills provide a path to citizenship after obtaining conditional and lawful permanent residency.

USA Act and SAFA Act

The Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act and the Securing America's Future (SAFA) Act are similar in their provisions for DACA recipients. Both codify the DACA program as it was before September, 2017. Neither include a path to receive a green card or citizenship.

What you can do

Get involved. Let your senators and representatives hear your voice. If you take the time to write a personalized letter or email to your senators and representatives it will have much more impact than a petition or mass email repeatedly saying the same thing.

Find your senators and representatives

If you are aware of a DACA student, it can be compelling to include in your correspondence that you know firsthand the hardship and uncertainty that these individuals face (only use the individual's first name if you use any name at all).

Here are some things you could include in your personalized correspondence:

  • I am asking you to support and consider co-sponsoring legislation that would protect DACA and undocumented students brought to this country at a young age through no fault of their own.
  • Many of these students are now successfully attending U.S. colleges and universities, and are making our communities stronger.
  • This is a bipartisan effort that Republicans and Democrats alike can agree on.
  • I hope I can count on your support of this issue.