Trump Administration Resumes Accepting DACA Renewals Following Court Order

Trump Administration Resumes Accepting DACA Renewals Following Court Order

WASHINGTON-The Trump administration said Saturday that it would resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, bowing for now to a federal court ruling that blocked an effort to end the Obama-era policy.

"Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017", the update said. "So for those of you who have had DACA and need to renew it they will be accepting it", Yasser Sanchez, a Mesa immigration lawyer posted in a live Facebook video. No new applications will be accepted.

Mirka Dominguez Salinas, a DACA recipient, says she worries the federal order is only temporary. "So great great news for DACA that we will now be able to do DACA renewals".

But a federal judge in San Francisco halted that plan late Tuesday and ordered the administration to resume processing DACA renewals while a lawsuit against the September decision moves forward.

On Thursday, reports surfaced that Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as "s--hole countries" in a meeting that day with lawmakers. The program lets residents who were brought to the country illegally as children apply to live and work in the United States.

"Some of them are losing their jobs, they're losing their driving privileges because their driver's licenses expire the same time as their work permits expire and they have difficulties with paying bills and rent", she said. However, the administration doesn't have to process applications for those who have never before received DACA protections. As of September, about 700,000 people are now protected under the program.

Trump promised to end the program during the presidental campaign, and in announcing it was being phased out, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it an unconstitutional circumvention of Congress.



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