Last week a federal court ruled that the Trump administration must begin accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has continued to not accept new applications despite a Supreme Court ruling from last month that reinstated the program.
In addition to reinstating DACA, the ruling also applies to information-sharing policies – as the administration had previously been reported as sharing information about DACA recipients with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) even though the guidance for the program explicitly states that there would be no sharing of these personal details.
This news comes after pressure for USCIS to comply with the Supreme Court ruling from advocate groups as well as lawmakers.
USCIS’s website as of last week stated that it would continue accepting DACA renewals, however it states that it would not accept new applications for those who have not had DACA status before. After this ruling, the website was updated to announce that the information on the page is currently out of date.
A USCIS spokesperson stated that initial DACA applications submitted after the Supreme Court ruling were rejected “due to their being complete, most commonly due to a lack of signature, missing or incomplete form pages, or an incorrect fee.”
We are closely monitoring all DACA related news and will provide updates as they become available. If you are considering pursuing a renewal or a new application for the program, please reach out to our team to schedule a consultation to discuss moving forward.