DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, has been in existence since 2012. This policy, initiated by former President Barack Obama’s administration, allows certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors to obtain a two-year renewable period of deferred action from deportation and be eligible for a work permit. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as of September 2020, there were around 640,000 undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who had active DACA status.
Proposal of Changes and Court Actions
Under former President Donald Trump, the administration announced its intention to end DACA in September 2017, but multiple lawsuits kept it running. In 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the administration could not end DACA without going through the proper channels. Then in 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that DACA was illegal and prohibited USCIS from accepting applications from potential new DACA recipients. However, those who were already in the U.S. under DACA and eligible to renew their status would still have the capability to stay in the U.S. if their renewal application was approved.
In April 2022, USCIS announced that those looking to complete their DACA renewal application (Form I-821D) may do so online to streamline the renewal process better. These individuals must also file Form I-765 with their application.
What’s Ahead for Those with DACA Status
The future of DACA is unclear. Regardless, it is essential to keep updated on the latest developments.
If you or someone you know is currently enrolled in DACA, or hoping to stay in the U.S. through DACA, it is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can help answer any questions and ensure that your rights are protected. The immigration lawyers at Murray Osorio PLLC are ready to help you or a loved one find the best solution possible to continue living out the American dream.
Reach out to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable immigration attorneys — (800) 929-7142.