The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been on a roller coaster since the Trump administration attempted to end the program in 2017. Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that the attempts to end DACA were done arbitrarily and capriciously, violating the Administrative Procedure Act. Experts assumed the Supreme Court ruling would open the program to new applicants, but new applications were being rejected, prompting a federal judge to rule that USCIS must begin to accept new DACA applications.
New reporting from Reuters today details reports that the Trump administration, rather than opening DACA for new recipients, will review the Supreme Court ruling and begin a new attempt to end the program. The reporting indicates that USCIS will continue to ignore new DACA applications, despite the Supreme Court ruling and federal court order to accept new applications. This will likely invite further legal action from immigrant rights advocates, but it is unknown if it will help. The new action will also reduce the length of a DACA protection renewal from two years to one year.
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DACA will continue to exist in some form through the 2020 U.S. election. The fate of the program will likely rest on the outcome of the election. This news story is breaking, so new information may become available.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been helping people live and work legally in the United States since 1984. For a free immigration legal consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888. Our immigration attorneys continue to monitor the situation surrounding DACA.