USCIS has said that DACA participants can apply for renewal of their status after the verdict from US Judge blocking Trump’s decision to end the program. DACA program protects young immigrants from deportation who has arrived in the US as kids illegally.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services released a statement that till further notice, DACA will continue to operate as per its terms prior to being rescinded. US President Donald Trump decided to end this Obama era program in September 2017.
The decision by USCIS comes in the wake of the national injunction issued by a US judge in California. The verdict ordered the US administration to continue with the DACA program. The agency said that it is accepting requests for the renewal from the DACA participants. This is if their status expired after or on September 5, 2016.
Individuals who had earlier obtained DACA but lost status prior to 5 September 2016 cannot file a request for renewal. They can, on the other hand, submit a new request, said the USCIS. Same instructions are applicable for anyone whose deferred action has been eliminated.
William Alsup the Judge of San Francisco US District Court said that the decision to terminate the DACA program was inappropriate. He passed a verdict that the program must continue to be operated by the administration nationally. This is amidst the continued legal battle challenging the decision by the President.
Critics of the Trump decision to end the DACA program filed legal suits against the administration. They said that termination of the program was abrupt and not in accordance with the legal procedures. The Judge in his verdict also set an outline for the government to be followed.
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