A message on DACA

Nov. 14, 2019

Dear colleagues and students,

As you may be aware, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday on the future of the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA. A ruling from the court may come as early as next spring.

UNLV stands with more than 160 universities from 32 states in supporting the DACA program. In October, we joined with other institutions nationwide to file an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief. The action gives us the right to participate and to be engaged in the legal arguments of this federal case between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Regents of the University of California.

I believe that DACA and undocumented students are valued members of our university, and are contributing in meaningful ways to UNLV, our state, and our country. We know the uncertainty of the DACA program’s future generates anxiety and fear for many. We stand with you and will support you in any way that we can.

We will continue to closely follow this issue and advocate for our DACA and undocumented students, as well as all of our students. Higher education exists to enable individuals to improve their lives and the lives of their families, and we will continue to welcome every student who seeks a degree.

Here are resources available to our university community:

  • Students with questions about DACA may reach out to Resource Coordinator Mariana Sarmiento Hernandez in the Office of Diversity Initiatives at (702) 895-5658, or by email at mariana.sarmiento@unlv.edu.
  • The Immigration Clinic in the Boyd School of Law also offers free assistance with DACA renewals and provides legal advice to UNLV students, staff, and their families on any immigration matter. For more information, visit the UNLV Immigration Clinic website or call (702) 895-2080 to schedule an appointment.
  • The College of Southern Nevada will host a DACA Renewal Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, on its Cheyenne Campus in North Las Vegas. Visit CSN's website for more information and to register.

Home is here, and you are part of our UNLV family.


Marta Meana, Ph.D
UNLV President