On Monday, the Trump Administration fully restored the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that secures thousands of young immigrants from being deported.
Complying with a federal judge’s order on Monday, the Trump administration said that it fully restored the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation. The program, which was ended in September 2017 due to the argument of it being unconstitutional, has now been restored- giving relief to thousands of children who have been unable to apply for renewals.
Following the announcement, the Department of Homeland Security posted on its website that it is accepting new applications, petitions for two-year renewals, and requests for permission to temporarily leave the U.S. The department said it “may seek relief from the order,” signaling that its concession to the court order may be short-lived if its legal efforts succeed.
As it stands, DACA shields about 650,000 people from deportation and makes them eligible for work permits. In June, the Supreme Court had ruled that President Trump violated federal law in how he ended the program, and Chad Wolf, the acting Homeland Security secretary, said the administration would study its options and, until then, wouldn’t accept new applications and would grant renewals for one year instead of two.
Monday’s announcement by the Trump administration came just hours before the deadline which was set by District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in the Eastern District of New York. According to the mandate, it was a must for the administration to post a public notice that it would accept applications under terms that were laid by the Obama Administration in 2012.
According to the original program, certain immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children to work were allowed to be exempted from deportation, though it does not confer legal status on recipients. Meanwhile, to further the Democratic ideals, President-Elect Joe Biden, who will be taking office after his inauguration in January has pledged to reinstate DACA. This being said, giving young immigrants a permanent legal status and a path to citizenship would require congressional approval.