U.S. immigration authorities will again begin accepting new applications under the program that protects young illegal immigrants from deportation
The Brooklyn Circuit Federal Court ordered the U.S. government to reopen acceptance of new applications from immigrants who were illegally brought into the country as children and have been living in the United States ever since.
This is the Delayed Activity Program for Incoming Children (DACA), introduced by Barack Obama in 2012. Recall that the Donald Trump administration has repeatedly tried to terminate the program, protecting this category of illegal immigrants (“dreamers”) from deportation.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Trump Administration’s 2017 decision to terminate the DACA program. The highest court found the administration’s actions to be “arbitrary and wilful.
However, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it did not intend to accept new applications for the DACA program while the current administration was considering whether to “maintain, cancel or modify” it.
The judge instructed the Department of Homeland Security to post a public notice on its websites by Monday that it would accept new DACA applications.
President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on January 20, said he plans to revive the DACA.
The Ministry of Internal Security has not yet commented on the court’s decision.