It has been one month since the U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly ruled that the Trump administration could not immediately end the DACA program. With the ruling, immigration experts and advocates, including the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth, expected the DACA program to reopen in full, again allowing eligible Dreamers to apply for protections. Reporting just last week indicated that new applications were being immediately rejected without consideration, showing disdain for the recent Supreme Court ruling. However, last Friday, a federal judge in Maryland ruled that the Trump administration must begin processing these new applications in good faith.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) claimed that any first-time applications they received were sent rejection notices because of technical errors or because of reasons related to incomplete applications, but many immigration experts were skeptical. Denial notices specifically mentioned that USCIS was not accepting new initial applications. It is estimated that about 300,000 new young immigrants would be eligible to apply for DACA for the first time since the Trump administration attempted to end the program in 2017. It is unknown whether USCIS will follow this district court ruling properly.
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The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps DACA recipients and young immigrants seeking DACA protections for the first time. We continue to track any potential developments that may affect the DACA program. If you or someone you love is seeking to renew or pursue DACA protections, call our offices today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free consultation.