Trump Makes New Move to Dismantle DACA As We Know It

Jose Munoz Press Releases

With a new memo, Trump and DHS are circumventing the Supreme Court’s decision on DACA.

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746
Jossie Flor Sapunar | jsapunar@wearecasa.org | 240.706.2624

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration released a new memo to make significant changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The new memo means that: 

  • USCIS will reject all initial, first time applications. 
  • USCIS will reject advance parole requests except in “exceptional circumstances.”
  • Effective immediately all pending DACA renewals are limited to one year grants, instead of the previous two years. 

This cruel and cynical attack comes a little over a month since the Supreme Court sided with immigrant young people and called Trump’s decision to end the program “arbitrary and capricious.” By refusing to allow new, initial applications and to open up advance parole for current DACA recipients, Trump and DHS are circumventing the Supreme Court decision on DACA. 

The Home Is Here Coalition – representing 100+ organizations across the country – released the following statement: 

“Trump cannot erase the fact that immigrant youth, our families and allies won at the Supreme Court last month.  The majority of people in this country support immigrant youth and want the administration to keep the DACA program, yet Trump is recklessly moving forward with another attack. He is doing this to show a vocal minority in his party that he will end DACA, while delaying jailing and deportations of immigrant youth until next year. 

Trump and Stephen Miller have made it clear that they want to deport and detain as many people as possible, and today’s decision is a part of their white supremacist, anti-immigrant agenda. With this new memo, hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients will be given one year protections instead of two, essentially moving their threat of deportation to the year after the November elections. More so, 300,000 DACA-eligible undocumented youth who should be on their way to getting DACA protections will be rejected. Meanwhile, Trump continues to send the deportation force of ICE and CBP to terrorize communities across the country, putting even more people in threat of jailing and deportation. 

Immigrant youth and our allies are not deterred. Our movement is powerful and the majority of the people in this country are on our side. We call on elected officials to reject Trump’s attacks on DACA and all immigrants, to defund the deportation force of ICE and CBP and the police, which work together to hurt Black and brown people, and to extend EAD’s in the next COVID-19 package. We’re also calling for permanent protections from deportation that help people without hurting people. We will continue to fight because we know that for immigrant youth and their families home is here.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.