A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, or DACA.
Judge Paul W. Grimm of the US District Court for the District of Maryland said his order “restores the DACA policy to its pre-5th September 2017 status”, referring to the day the Trump administration announced it would rescind the program.
The federal court’s decision came four weeks after Supreme Court ruled in June that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could stay in place, but not much has happened since that ruling.
In the weeks since the 18th June ruling, President Donald Trump has been expected to re-file paperwork that would start the process of dismantling the program according to the high court’s requirements, but that hasn’t happened. The administration also missed the 16th July deadline to file for a rehearing on the DACA ruling.
But since the court decision, the Trump administration has also not accepted any new DACA applications and has only processed renewal applications, leaving eligible participants to wait for the government to open up the process. It has also not acted on DACA advance parole, which is an application to allow DACA recipients to travel outside the United States and return lawfully.
Attorneys for Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., known as CLINIC, have said that about 60,000 young people over age 15 would now qualify for DACA status and should work on getting their paperwork together and seeking legal advice about the program.
DACA was created by President Barack Obama in a 2012 executive order, and Trump signed an executive order five years later to end it. The programme has enabled 700,000 qualifying young people, brought to the US as children by their parents without legal documentation, to work, go to college and get health insurance without the threat of deportation.
Picture: Archive photo, dated 24th June 2020, shows President Donald Trump taking questions during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters).