Resources for Undocumented Students

DACA Update

IMPORTANT UPDATE – PLEASE READ (as of January 28, 2021) – Here’s what you need to know about DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS:

On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a memorandum noting his administration’s intention to both preserve and fortify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While it is not yet clear what the word “fortify” may mean for the future of DACA, it is apparent that this administration has–at the very least–committed to preserving DACA in its original form.

Recent DACA History

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that the Trump administration’s attempt to end the DACA program was unlawful. DACA recipients continued to be protected from deportation and eligible for benefits such as work authorization. 

While the SCOTUS decision should have restored the DACA program in its entirety, the Trump administration substantially limited the program, as announced in a July 28, 2020 Memorandum (“Wolf Memo”) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). However, on November 14, 2020, a federal district court found that this memorandum was issued without legal authority, invalidating the Trump administration’s attempt to restrict DACA. You can read more about the legal case and the latest developments on the National Immigration Law Center’s (NILC) website here and here

On December 4, 2020, a U.S. federal district court ordered that the Wolf Memo be vacated, or be held unlawful and set aside. On December 7, 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in response to the order, published a notice on that:

    1. Effective immediately, the government is accepting initial DACA applications, DACA renewal requests, and applications for advance parole from DACA recipients
    2. Any DACA and Employment Authorization Document (EAD or “work permit”) issued while the Wolf Memo was in effect are extended to two years from the date of issuance and that the government will take steps to provide evidence of this extension in employment authorization
    3. The government must provide a mailed notice to class members (people affected by the Wolf Memo) by December 31, 2020

There is a separate pending case in Texas challenging the legality of DACA. The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund is representing 22 individual DACA recipients who intervened to be part of the court case. Because MALDEF, along with the private firm Ropes & Gray LLP are the legal representatives in that case, they are the best source of information on what might happen in that case. MALDEF’s Texas v. United States Case Summary, has the latest updates. 

There may be additional changes to the DACA program in the upcoming months. Check back for updates. You can also check the NILC website or the NILC Twitter for the latest updates. Click here for the latest DACA Frequently Asked Questions (December 2020) from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).

 If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Student Affairs office by email or phone (651-962-6120).

DACA Helpline

The Immigration Law Center of Minnesota is providing a helpline for legal questions related to DACA. 

Click here for hours.

CALL: 651-287-3715

St. Thomas strives to maintain a welcoming, vibrant and diverse community that respects and supports the dignity and well-being of every member. We believe a diverse, supportive and caring community will best enable our students to learn and grow into morally responsible leaders who will advance the common good.

Consistent with our mission, convictions and Catholic identity, we invite prospective students to join our community based on their commitment to our mission and convictions, personal qualities, skills and experience, and potential to contribute to our community and the common good. Prospective students born outside the United States are welcome to apply, regardless of immigration status.

St. Thomas seeks to provide every member of our community with the personal attention and support they need to thrive. We are committed to supporting undocumented students and students with undocumented family members, who may face unique challenges. The following resources may be helpful to these members of the St. Thomas community.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is a nonprofit agency that provides immigration legal assistance to low-income immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. ILCM also works to educate Minnesota communities and professionals about immigration matters, and advocates for state and federal policies which respect the universal human rights of immigrants.


E4FC offers numerous resources for undocumented immigrants, students in particular, including a Dreamer Intake Form that E4FC staff review to identify potential immigration remedies, scholarships lists, and life after college guides. They describe their core strategies as: providing life-changing financial support that enables undocumented young people to overcome systemic barriers, develop partnerships with key educational institutions to enhance their support for undocumented students, and identify promising practices that will embolden other educational institutions, equip undocumented young people with the information and resources needed to navigate life, make informed decisions, and pursue educational and career goals, develop the leadership capacity of undocumented young people through career training, mentorship, professional development, and opportunities to educate and empower the undocumented community, and train undocumented young people to reclaim and share personal stories in order to heal, strengthen community bonds, transform hearts and minds, and advance policy legislation.


WEBSITE is a searchable online directory of over 940 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. Only nonprofits that are BIA recognized or have attorneys on staff are included in the directory. Users can search by state, county, or detention facility. Users can also refine their search by types and areas of legal assistance provided, populations served, languages spoken, other areas of legal assistance, and non-legal services provided. was developed by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net with support from the Four Freedoms Fund.


The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights.


Family Preparedness Plan:

Know Your Rights and What Immigrant Families Should Do Now: (English) (Spanish)





Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.


National Immigration Law Center Resources


Health Care Issues

Know Your Rights

Rights During Immigration Raids

For 45 years, the National Immigration Project has promoted justice and equality of treatment in all areas of immigration law, the criminal justice system, and social policies related to immigration. Our success is built upon a foundation of nationwide members and supporters, including attorneys, law students, judges, jailhouse lawyers, advocates, community organizations, and all individuals seeking to defend and expand the rights of immigrants in the U.S.


Tools To Defend Your Rights:

You Have Rights (English) (Spanish)


What to Do if Immigration/Police Come to Your Door (English)  (Spanish)


How Arrests and Convictions Separate Families (English) (Spanish)


How to Protect You and Your Family During Immigration Raids (English) (Spanish)


Know Your Rights Card (Bilingual)





United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.


To find a private immigration attorney to help you with your case, visit:
AILA's Immigration Lawyer Search (
National Immigration Project's Lawyer Referral Directory (

The MN Dream Act (also known as The Prosperity Act) was introduced by Senator Sandra Pappas (SF723) and Representative Carlos Mariani (HF875) and was included in the omnibus Higher Education bill passed by the 2013 Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton on May 23, 2013.


College Help for Undocumented Students

There are approximately 1.7 million undocumented students under the age of 18 in the United States, many of whom have spent most of their lives in the country after immigrating with their parents at an early age. Though they don’t have a passport, these kids attend school, learned English as their primary language and consider themselves Americans. Each year, more than 65,000 undocumented immigrants graduate from high school and many hope to study at an American college or university.


Immigration related resources and information provided by the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services at the University of St. Thomas.

Their Immigration Law Practice Group primarily takes cases referred by The Advocates for Human Rights.