DACA Information

Message from the President

President Hughes“The Community College of Rhode Island stands proudly and firmly in support of our community members and their families who may be affected by the potential revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Today is the start of our new academic year. Thousands of students are coming into our college for the first time. For many, the opportunity to seek postsecondary education is unprecedented in their families. Many are the first members of their families to attend college. Many are first generation Americans, making them part of our country’s strong tradition of immigration. This tradition defines the very heart of who we have been and who we must continue to be.

At CCRI, equity and inclusion are at the core of our community’s values. Last fall, our college joined more than 600 colleges and universities in signing a letter supporting the DACA program. Today, we reaffirm our passionate commitment to equity, to inclusion, and to all members of our CCRI community.

Meghan Hughes

September 5, 2016


DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients in Rhode Island are now a step closer to a better future.

On June 18, 2018, Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill (H7982, S2678), sponsored by Representative Shelby Maldonado and Senator Michael McCaffrey, that guarantees DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients the ability to apply for drivers licenses in the state of Rhode Island. 

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Beginning in December 2018, DACA recipients can apply for or renew their driver license.  DACA recipients must present these documents to DMV:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport or any other document with their signature 
  •  “a form evidencing that the applicant is a current or past recipient of a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, together with a document bearing the applicant's signature.”

The amended Section of the General Laws in Chapter 31-10-26 can be found below.

Issuance of license

 (b) The division of motor vehicles shall issue an operator's or chauffeur's license pursuant to this chapter to every qualifying applicant, including, but not limited to, any current or past recipient of a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, provided any applicant subject to the DACA program shall provide evidence of having received said grant from the United States Citizen and Immigration Services.

Although DACA Recipients can obtain their drivers licenses, they are not allowed to vote in the state of Rhode Island according to this amendment.

“(n) Issuance of a Rhode Island operator's license under this chapter to a current or past recipient of a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, (DACA) programs shall not confer the right to vote in the state of Rhode Island”. 


Many community members may be unsure about what this means and what happens next. The following resources provide answers to questions community members may have:

Campus Information and Resources:

Campus Action

CCRI Campus Police will not act as an agent of ICE and will not seek out students based on their DACA status.

  • If government agents come to campus seeking information on any student, or to serve a subpoena for information, that agent will be referred to CCRI’s attorney. Employees are not to respond to any requests for information from government agents and are to instead contact college attorney Ron Cavallaro, JD (401-825-1179, rcavallaro@ccri.edu)


This is a time of great anxiety and stress for our community members. We encourage individuals to seek the support that is best for them. You are not alone.

Free confidential counseling is available for students through the College’s Advising and Counseling Center.


Knight Campus
Room 1054
400 East Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886

Flanagan Campus
Rooms 1130-1133 & 1233
1762 Louisquisset Pike
Lincoln, RI 02865

Liston Campus
Room 1145
One Hilton Street
Providence, RI 02905

Newport Campus
Rooms 143-145 & 147
One John H. Chafee Boulevard
Newport, RI 02840

EMPLOYEES: Free assistance is available for employees through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It is a confidential, professional resource for persons needing information, assessment, and referral to counseling or other resources within their community. For more information, or to access this benefit, contact EAP at 1-866-248-4094, or log on to www.livingandworkwell.com Access code: RhodeIsland.

Community Resources:

The following Rhode Island resources are providing free assistance and free renewal filing:

DORCAS International Institute of Rhode Island:

http://www.diiri.org (401) 784-8600. 645 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI. Dorcas International Institute is a non-profit agency providing services to the immigrant and refugee community of Rhode Island. DIIRI has a staff of attorneys and accredited caseworkers who are trained and experienced in all areas of immigration procedures, including DACA requests. Open M-F, 9 AM - 4:30 PM

  • Immigration Clinic
    at Roger Williams University School of Law:
    • 1 Empire Plaza
    • Providence, RI (401) 276-4880
  • Progresso Latino:
  • Diocese of Providence:
    • 1 Cathedral Square
    • Providence, RI (401) 421-7833, extension 229
  • Sojourner House:
Rhode Island Bar Association Lawyer Services:

Volunteer Lawyer Program. The Rhode Island Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP) provides pro bono (free) legal services to qualified low-income Rhode Islanders. Participating attorneys provide legal assistance, at no charge. The client’s income must qualify under federally regulated guidelines to receive pro bono assistance, and the case must fall under one of the areas of law handled by the VLP. Clients may be responsible for filing fees, court costs and other out-of-pocket expenses. 401-421-7758 or 1-800-339-7758, jellis@ribar.com

Lawyer Referral Service. The Rhode Island Bar Association has a Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) to refer competent and reliable lawyers. Under the LRS plan, a lawyer will consult with you, up to a half hour, free of charge. If additional legal work is recommended, you can decide whether to continue and discuss the lawyer’s fees. Reduced fee and legal assistance is available for those who qualify under federally regulated income guidelines. If your initial contact cannot handle your problem, you may request an additional referral. 401-421-7799, www.ribar.com/LRS/Referral.aspx

National Immigration Law Center: Know Your Rights

Know your rights video:

Q & A Meetings Scheduled

We have invited Cecily Ziegler, a staff attorney at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, to meet with our CCRI community and to outline what the rescinding of DACA means and what steps individuals may take.

Dates and locations:

Wed., Sept. 20, 2017
4:00 PM, Knight Campus
Room 4080

Thurs., Sept. 21, 2017
4:00 PM, Liston Campus
Auditorium, room 1120

Last Updated: 7/17/18