Statement on recent DACA decision

On July 16, a federal judge ruled that the Department of Homeland Security violated the law when it established and implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). We at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program are deeply disappointed by this decision, which represents a continuation of the attacks on immigrant youth in the U.S. that gained momentum under the Trump administration.

If you are a member of the Harvard community who has questions about DACA or other immigration issues, please call the Harvard Representation Initiative at 617-495-6648 or email If you are a Harvard community member who is facing an immigration-related emergency, please contact our emergency hotline at 857-242-6755 to be connected with an on‐call attorney.

Despite the ruling, we remain committed to supporting immigrant youth in any way possible and to fighting to ensure their ability to study, work, and live safely in the U.S. We call on Congress to pass legislation, including the American Dream and Promise Act, to provide protection and a path to citizenship for immigrant youth and many others whose immigration status is at risk.

If you would like to take action to support DACAmented and undocumented youth, please consider signing United We Dream’s petition and contacting your member of Congress to demand that the Biden administration and Congress ensure a path to citizenship for immigrant youth.