June 19, 2020


SUBJECT:    Supreme Court Decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Policy

UC San Diego celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, a program that allowed immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to live and work in the country they know as home.

In September 2017, the University of California (UC) became the first university to sue the Department of Homeland Security for its rescission of DACA with the pro bono support of the law firm Covington & Burling LLP. Since then, more than 1,000 individuals, companies, institutions of higher education, religious institutions, law enforcement officials, advocacy groups and academics signed on to amicus briefs in support of DACA.

I am extremely pleased that our campus community members affected by the ruling can proceed freely to achieve their dream of higher education and gainful employment. Since it was created, DACA has permitted more than 800,000 young immigrants to live and work lawfully in the United States.

The next step is for Congress to enact permanent protection for DACA recipients that will provide a pathway to citizenship.

Current undocumented students with questions about their DACA enrollment status may contact UC San Diego’s Undocumented Student Services at (858) 822-6916,,, or through confidential instant message using the Telegram app (

UC San Diego is unequivocally committed to our students and scholars. We value every member of our community and actively cultivate a diverse and inclusive campus that encourages respectful open dialogue per our longstanding Principles of Community at

As we’ve seen in recent weeks, many members of our community are still struggling to access equitable opportunities in our country. This ruling offers hope during these challenging times. To our UC San Diego students and everyone in our undocumented community, we stand with you every step of the way.

Pradeep K. Khosla