Government, citing ruling, again will accept requests for DACA protection

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 14, 2018

The Obama administration began the program in 2012, which enabled certain young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children to apply for work permits and protection from deportation.

President Trump's proposed cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was blocked.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program sort of got new life early this week.

While she's excited by the federal judge's ruling, Salcido said the efforts to end the DACA program have caused dire consequences for her clients.

Pratheepan Gulasekaram, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, said that while the announcement was welcome news for DACA recipients, much uncertainty remains.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a statement on its website that DACA will be "operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017". No new applications will be accepted.

But a federal judge in San Francisco halted that plan late Tuesday and ordered the administration to resume processing DACA renewals while a lawsuit against the September decision moves forward.

The deal hit a snag after reports Thursday that told lawmakers at a meeting on immigration at the that the USA didn't need more immigrants from "sh-hole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and several African countries. The program lets residents who were brought to the country illegally as children apply to live and work in the United States. Those accepted for the program received permits to work legally in the USA for two years, which could be renewed for additional 2-year periods.

USCIS will only be accepting renewal applications from people previously approved for the DACA program. However, the administration doesn't have to process applications for those who have never before received DACA protections. That suit challenges the decision to end the program.

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