On January 9, 2018, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered a halt to the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. In the case Regents of the University of California, et al. v. Department of Homeland Security, et al., Alsup granted a preliminary injunction — a temporary order blocking the end of the DACA program while the case goes forward — requiring U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to begin accepting DACA renewal applications again. On January 13, 2018 USCIS announced their process for accepting renewal applications. USCIS additionally stated that further guidance would be provided later.
United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center created the following answers to frequently asked questions.
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE AUTHORS: We want to emphasize the need for Congress to pass the Dream Act by January 19th. The decision to terminate DACA made by President Trump created panic and left millions of immigrant youth’s lives in limbo. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement to terminate DACA, followed by the Department of Homeland Security’s guidance on who could apply for renewal and by when created confusion and widespread anxiety within the immigrant community. Although implementing the Judge’s order and allowing people to apply for renewal will help bring some relief to immigrant youth, many are still worried that the option to apply for renewal may be taken away at anytime. This is no way to live. Immigrant youth deserve stability,peace of mind, and protections from detention and deportation, which only a permanent solution like the Dream Act can provide.