Federal Agency Returns to Accepting Requests Under DACA

Federal Agency Returns to Accepting Requests Under DACA

Federal Agency Returns to Accepting Requests Under DACA

While she's excited by the federal judge's ruling, Salcido said the efforts to end the DACA program have caused dire consequences for her clients.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program sort of got new life early this week.

But members of Congress have struggled to agree on a permanent legal solution for DACA recipients. The administration said in September that it was concluding the program.

In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said those previously granted deferred action under DACA may request renewal by filing the proper forms.

President Trump held a meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday about passing new legislation to allow the DREAMers to stay in the country, though he has pushed for funding for a wall with Mexico to be part of any immigration policy overhaul.

Trump gave Congress six months to find a way to allow immigrant approved for the DACA program to remain in the US permanently.

The agency said it won't be processing applications for those who have never before received DACA protections and no new applications will be accepted. Already about 120 DACA recipients who failed to renew applications by October 5 deadline are losing deportation protections and work permits daily. As of the end of March, more than 200,000 people had been initially approved for the program, meaning they could legally work and were protected from deportation.

The cost to file a renewal application will be the same as before, $495.

President Donald Trump said in September that he was ending DACA, which gives safe harbor from deportation and work permits to about 690,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children, known as Dreamers. Those accepted for the program received permits to work legally in the US for two years, which could be renewed for additional 2-year periods.

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