Federal Judge Reinstates DACA Program
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis fully restored the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program. The Obama-era program shielded undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.
The Trump administration has sought to end the program since 2017 but the Supreme Court blocked the attempt. Shortly thereafter, the Dept. of Homeland Security, under Chad Wolf, established new rules for DACA in which new applications would no longer be accepted and renewals would last for only one year instead of two.
The Judge's ruling ordered the Department of Homeland Security to once again accept new applications for the program starting Monday.
Garaufis wrote in his ruling, "DHS is DIRECTED to post a public notice, within 3 calendar days of this Order, to be displayed prominently on its website and on the websites of all other relevant agencies, that it is accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under DACA, renewal requests, and advance parole requests, based on the terms of the DACA program prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with this court's Memorandum & Order of November 14, 2020."
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