In a mid-January ruling, a judge from the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled that while the case on the constitutionality of President Trump’s rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being adjudicated, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must accept DACA renewal applications.
Because of this ruling and barring in subsequent court decisions to the contrary, the Diocese recommends that all current DACA recipients who are eligible take advantage of this opportunity to renew their application as soon as possible.
The court injunction essentially leaves DACA in the state that it was before the September 5th announcement that it will be eliminated. It means that anyone with expired DACA or soon-to-expire DACA is now allowed to submit renewal applications. The injunction, however, does not allow for new DACA applications, meaning that anyone that has not yet applied for DACA may not apply.
In response, the Administration of President Donald Trump, via the Department of Justice, has begun the process to move the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. This means subsequent legal decisions could again change the recommended path for existing DACA recipients.