Trump Administration Resumes Accepting DACA Renewals Following Court Order

Trump Administration Resumes Accepting DACA Renewals Following Court Order

Days after a federal judge in California temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's efforts to pull the plug on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the federal government said on Saturday that it would ― "until further notice" ― resume accepting renewal applications for the program.

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

In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said those previously granted deferred action under DACA may request renewal by filing the proper forms.

Mirka Dominguez Salinas, a DACA recipient, says she worries the federal order is only temporary.

Renewal applications will, however, only be accepted from people who previously received DACA and whose deferred action had expired on or after September 5, 2016. "Catholic Charities will resume our weekly DACA renewal clinics and will continue our unconditional support of the DACA community".

The Department of Justice has indicated it will appeal the judge's decision, a move that could again put the program on hold.


On Friday, Trump attacked the deal through his Twitter account, saying it did not adequately fund his call for a wall along the southern border, and that it made the issues of chain migration and the lottery VISA system worse.

Trump questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.

"If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, you may still file your DACA request as a renewal request", the agency said on its website. Under Alsup's ruling, renewal applications must still be accepted, giving those approved another two years from the new date of their application approval.

Alsup said the reasoning to end the program was based on a misinterpretation of the law and voided the president's decision.

Trump promised to end the program during the presidental campaign, and in announcing it was being phased out, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it an unconstitutional circumvention of Congress.

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