Updated Jan. 11, 2018

On January 9, 2018, a federal court judge in California blocked the rescission of the DACA program. The ruling is effective nationwide and requires the U.S. government to ‘maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission on September 5, 2017, including allowing DACA enrollees to renew their enrollments…’ However, the ruling also states: 1) new DACA applications, may, but need not, continue to be processed; 2) the advance parole program may, but need not, be continued; and 3) that the government may remove any individual, including any DACA enrollee, who it determines poses a risk to national security or public safety, or whom the government otherwise determines needs to be removed. The government has announced its intention to appeal the decision.


On December 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice rescinded various guidance documents on a variety of topics. Many of the rescinded documents did not apply to Amherst College, but some – particularly those regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) did apply. The rescission of these ADA guidance documents does not change the law, nor will it change Amherst College’s practices with respect to accessibility or accommodations.

Every U.S. presidential transition brings changes to federal policy that affect virtually all of us. Each of the links below provides helpful resources, including information about—and the significant implications of—some of the policy changes that most impact members of our community. The information will be updated when changes occur.

The White House - link to Immigration information

Immigration Enforcement

Educational, legal, regional and on-campus information and resources for undocumented and DACAmented students, and current relevant updates regarding travel bans.

Campus Contacts

We encourage you to drop-in, call or email with any concerns or questions.

Lisa H. Rutherford

Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel

105-A Converse Hall

Tenzin L. Kunor

Associate Director of Diversity & Leadership