Initial DACA Applications Jeopardized Following DHS Announcement

July 28, 2020 | United States of America

On July 28, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will reject initial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and may rescind the DACA program.

DHS made the announcement after a federal court in Maryland ruled last week that the DHS must start accepting new DACA applications. The agency also stated that in addition to rejecting initial DACA applications, it will limit renewals for current program participants to one year. Previously, renewals were granted for two years. DHS said that it made these changes while it reviews the DACA program to determine if it should be maintained, modified, or rescinded entirely.

The latest announcement follows a series of legal cases surrounding the DACA program. Prior to the federal court’s ruling on July 24, 2020 that the Trump Administration must accept new DACA applications, the Supreme Court blocked President Trump’s efforts to end the DACA program in June 2020. The most recent move is expected to bring additional legal challenges.

The DACA program was established in 2012 by President Barack Obama. It grants legal status to children of undocumented foreign nationals who were brought to the United States illegally, which allows them to remain in the country without the threat of deportation. To date, the DACA program has enabled over 900,000 children to stay in the United States.