Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resources

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows children whose parents brought them to the United States and who meet several guidelines to request consideration of deferred action with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for a period of two years, subject to renewal. On this page, you'll find links to Portland State DACA statements, PSU news coverage and resources for Oregon students.

Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will have serious consequences for our students at Portland State University. These DACA students known as "dreamers,” came to Oregon as children of undocumented parents. The federal program, which is renewable every two years, has enabled them to attend college and work without fear of deportation. Ending the DACA program would upend their lives and the lives of their families. 

We want to reaffirm PSU’s commitment to our students and their families. We provide academic, cultural and social support and resources at PSU through a wide array of programs such as Latino Student Services, Casa Latina, Student Legal Services and others. Under Oregon law, qualified undocumented residents are eligible to attend PSU and other public universities across the state with in-state tuition and receive financial assistance. Those programs will continue. 

We also want to reaffirm that PSU is a sanctuary — a safe place — for all of our students. The Campus Public Safety Office does not enforce federal immigration laws, we will not consent to immigration enforcement activities on campus and we protect confidential student information, such as immigration status, as required by law. PSU will do its best not to disrupt the education of our students, and we will continue to support them in their efforts toward obtaining their PSU degree.  

As the academic year approaches, we will do everything we can to make all of our students feel safe and welcome regardless of their national origin or immigration status. We also will work diligently in the coming weeks to support legislation in Congress to retain this crucial program. 

You belong at PSU, and together, we are Portland State University. 

Resources for Oregon Students

Dreamers Site — Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

Immigration Clinic — Student Legal Services

Resources Site — Global Diversity and Inclusion

Previous DACA Statements

Declaration of PSU as a sanctuary campus — November 18, 2016

A message on Immigration — January 30, 2017

Letter to U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley — January 31, 2017


“What Does It Mean to Be a Sanctuary Campus?” FAQ


You Are Welcome at Portland State — March 30, 2017

Remarks by Dr. Carmen Suarez, VP of Global Diversity and Inclusion — September 5, 2017

PSU in the News

The Oregonian — Undocumented PSU graduate's past fuels passion to shape immigration policy

The Oregonian — Oregon's 'big three' say they stand behind undocumented students

OPB — Portland State Student With DACA Deferral Prepares For Uncertain Future

Vanguard — DACA: Know your rights

Portland Tribune — DREAMERS' reality: living in limbo

Media Contact

Christina Williams, PSU Director of Media and Public Relations,, 503-725-8789