A month ago, the Supreme Court had blocked the attempt by the US President Donald Trump to scrap the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. Now, the Trump administration has been instructed to accept new applications to the DACA program. This has just opened a new chapter in US immigration.
The program had originated under the Obama administration. It aimed at protecting the rights of the undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children while protecting from them getting deported under USA immigration rules.
The ruling earlier itself had proved that the Trump administration had failed to give a satisfactory justification for its decision to scrap DACA.
The DACA program is to be restored to its status as it was before September 5, 2017, according to the latest order by Judge Paul Grimm. He is a judge of the US District Court for the District of Maryland. Restoring the status means that the program will take on the nature of how it was before President Trump attempted to terminate it. This will allow a lot of immigrants eligible for DACA to apply for the program.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services is reviewing the ruling. It’s part of the Department Homeland Security. They take up the task of administering DACA.
The existing DACA recipients could apply for renewal even when the legal proceeding related to the case of DACA was going on for years. But new immigrants who were eligible as per the criteria weren’t able to apply.
The eligible candidates under DACA program are those who:
- Arrived in the US before 16 years of age
- Have lived in the US since June 15, 2007
The Department pf Homeland Security had enacted the DACA policy in 2012. Recipients under the program must renew their protection from deportation every 2 years. The program is also not a pathway to US citizenship.
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