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Information and resources regarding executive orders on immigration

Northeastern is a global university comprised of diverse identities, backgrounds, and beliefs. We embrace all members of our community, regardless of their national origin or religious affiliation. All members of our community who have immigration concerns should rest assured that Northeastern will continue to stand with you. Northeastern is committed to providing support and has charged an interdisciplinary cross-functional Immigration Executive Order team led by Madeleine Estabrook, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Jigisha Patel, Assistant General Counsel.

The information gathered here is intended to provide guidance and resources to all members of our community regarding the executive orders on immigration and the rescission of DACA. As Northeastern learns more information, we will continue to update this page.


Fourth Circuit rules against third travel ban

March, 2018

On Feb. 15, 2018, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction originally issued by a federal judge in Maryland barring enforcement of the Trump administration's third travel ban. The ruling comes after a similar decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in December to partially block the travel ban and a December ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court allowing the Trump administration to fully implement the ban while litigation continues. The U.S. Supreme Court's December ruling supersedes both the Fourth Circuit and Ninth Circuit decisions. The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in April. Northeastern will continue to monitor the situation closely and update this page as more information becomes available. Please contact the university's Office of Global Services at OGS@northeastern.edu if you have any questions, and review travel related information on their website.

DACA litigation updates

March, 2018

On Feb. 13, 2018, a second injunction against the rescission of the DACA program was issued by a New York federal judge. The decision orders the Trump administration to maintain the DACA program while litigation continues. Specifically, the decision orders the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to resume accepting renewal applications from DACA recipients. DHS, however, is not required to accept new applications from individuals who have not previously appliedto the program. This decision follows a similar order issued by a federal judge in California in January.

Since the California federal judge granted an injunction against the rescission of the DACA program in January, the Trump administration filed a notice of appeal and petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for immediate review. On Feb. 27, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Trump administration's petition for immediate review. This decision effectively postpones the March 5 deadline and allows Congress more time to draft a legislative solution. Accordingly, litigation will proceed through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Most recently, on March 5, a Maryland federal judge struck down a challenge to the Trump administration's decision to rescind the DACA program. The court, however, ordered the government to not share information provided by DACA recipients for enforcement purposes. In the event that the government needs the information for national security purposes, the government is ordered to petition the court for permission. In light of the ongoing litigation, DHS has issued a statement and guidance on the process for accepting and reviewing DACA applications. Northeastern will continue to monitor the situation closely and update this page as more information becomes available. Please contact We Care at wecare@northeastern.edu if you have any questions.

Ninth Circuit rules against third travel ban

Jan. 29, 2018

In December, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing the Trump administration to fully implement its third travel ban. That ruling supersedes a decision, also in December, by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to partially block the travel ban. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals also heard oral arguments on the third travel ban in December but has not yet issued a decision. Northeastern will continue to monitor the situation closely and update this page as more information becomes available. Please contact the university's Office of Global Services at OGS@northeastern.edu if you have any questions, and review travel related information on their website.

Federal judge blocks Trump administration from phasing out DACA

Jan. 29, 2018

On Jan. 9, 2018, a federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to maintain the DACA program while litigation continues. Specifically, the decision ordered the Department of Homeland Security to resume accepting renewal applications from DACA recipients. On Jan. 13, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will resume accepting renewal applications and has published guidance on the renewal process. On Jan. 16, 2018, the Department of Justice filed a notice of appeal and in a public statement announced that it also intends to petition for immediate Supreme Court review. Northeastern will continue to monitor the situation closely and update this page as more information becomes available. Please contact We Care at wecare@northeastern.edu if you have any questions.