Updated Oct. 17, 2019

On Oct. 4, 2019, Amherst joined 164 other colleges and universities across the nation in an amicus brief in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Organized by the Presidents' Alliance on Immigration and Higher Education, the brief has been filed in advance of a U.S. Supreme Court case, scheduled for Nov. 12, in which the Court will hear oral arguments on a series of consolidated cases and determine whether the Department of Homeland Security’s September 2017 rescission of DACA was lawful. The brief cites an Amherst alumnus as one of many examples of current and past DACA students "whose remarkable achievements serve as a reminder of why DACA benefits students, the institutions lucky enough to have them, and the country."


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

Lisa H. Rutherford

Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel

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