More information on the recent DACA decision
Take a look at these updates from some wonderful organizations working in the community.
Excerpt from CLINIC Legal – June 2020
AP: Supreme Court rules in favor of DACA
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Trump administration was “arbitrary and capricious” and did not follow the Administrative Procedure Act in trying to rescind DACA. The ruling gives breathing room for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the Trump Administration did not pursue the end of the program properly.
The Court ruled in favor of the DACA program, rejecting the Trump administration’s 2017 attempt to terminate the program. This decision restores the program completely, and both initial and renewal applications should be accepted by USCIS.
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Excerpt from ILRC – June 2020
What does this mean for the community?
- Current DACA recipients are protected from deportation and eligible for benefits under the DACA program like work authorization.
- Eligible DACA recipients can continue to apply to renew their DACA for two more years.
- Eligible individuals who never had DACA should be able to apply at this time.
- All eligible individuals should consult with a legal service provider for information about applying for DACA for the first time, renewing their existing DACA, and/or getting screened for eligibility for other, more permanent immigration options.
- Advance Parole may again allow DACA recipients to travel outside the United States and return. However, details of this possibility are still unclear, and the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may limit the ability to travel.
What should the community do now?
- Although the court ruled in favor of DACA, it is critical for DACA recipients to connect with a legal service provider to apply for the first time, renew their applications, and explore options beyond DACA. Visit bit.ly/ianimmhelp to find a trusted legal service provider.
- Continue to fight this administration’s anti-immigrant agenda by advocating for a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients and all other immigrant communities at risk of deportation.
- Stay informed! Visit the Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s DACA page for information on program updates at https://www.ilrc.org/daca.
Here are some resources for your reference:
- Immigration Advocates Network to find a trusted legal service provider in your area.
- Mission Asset Fund to potentially obtain a 0% interest loan to pay for some USCIS application fees.
- ILRC’s Immigration Preparedness Toolkit that unpacks the immigration legal landscape and helps immigrants create a response plan.
- ILRC’s DACA webpage for up to date DACA resources.
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