Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Programa Federal de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced Deferred Action for Childhood  Arrivals (DACA) http://www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals   This new policy states that certain individuals who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Only individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these guidelines will be considered for deferred action.

One of the guidelines is showing proof of school attendance.  As a result of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, students may request proof of enrollment and attendance as school records are one way applicants may meet the DACA requirements.


Poway Unified School District staff will make every effort to provide current and former students with the documentation that may help them achieve this status with Citizenship and Immigration Services.  To help with these requests, the Poway Unified School District has designated the high school Registrars to serve as the district contacts for requests under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.


Abraxas High School – Stephany Brown
858-748-5900 ext. 2202

Del Norte High School – Trish Malimali- Registrar

858-487-0877 ext. 6315

Mt. Carmel High School –Jane Lauderdale – Registrar

858 484-1180 ext. 3130

Poway High School – Lynn Merrifield - Registrar

858 748-0245 ext. 5130

Rancho Bernardo High School – Karen Peterson – Registrar

858 485-4800 ext. 4804

Westview High School – Kimberly Carroll - Registrar

858 780-2000 ext. 3025

Poway Adult School – Monica Dickinson

858-668-4024 ext.4012

Items Required for Registrar

An original birth certificate with date of birth, photo identification, and signed letter requesting the information must be presented to the Registrar.  The students' name must be the same on the school record as it is on the birth certificate.  If not, the Registrar will draft a letter by providing the legal name on the birth certificate and name on the school record.  Applicants should also know the years and schools they attended in the Poway Unified School District.  A list of those schools can be found the District website at http://www.powayusd.com/schools/.


Registrars will make every effort to provide the information in a timely manner and will have five-days to process per Board Policy.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has set up a website with more information at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis