Federal Agency Returns to Accepting Requests Under DACA


Federal Agency Returns to Accepting Requests Under DACA

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.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's plan to let the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program expire and said it must process renewal applications.

But members of Congress have struggled to agree on a permanent legal solution for DACA recipients. The program will follow the same terms that were in place before it was rescinded September 5, according to a news release Saturday. "Catholic Charities will resume our weekly DACA renewal clinics and will continue our unconditional support of the DACA community".

The immigration office said that deferments under DACA do not confer legal residency but gives prosecutors discretion on enforcing immigration laws.

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

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. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who presented a compromise that included using the 50,000 visas from the current lottery to extend protection to illegal immigrants from countries such as Haiti and El Salvador. 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.

DACA has protected about 800,000 people, many of them college-age students.

The USCIS will accept renewal requests from those individuals who previously received DACA status, but it expired on or after September 5, 2016.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra praised the ruling.