Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Administration’s Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On January 9, 2018, U.S. District Judge William Alsup for the Northern District of California ruled that the federal government should partially maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until lawsuits filed against the Trump Administration for ending DACA are resolved.

The federal judge’s decision states that DACA renewal applications should continue to be accepted, and directs the Department of Homeland Security to give “reasonable public notice that it will resume receiving DACA renewal applications” and to publish the process by which these renewal applications will be accepted. However, the court ruling also establishes that DACA applications for individuals who have never before applied for DACA “need not be processed.”

As of January 11, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not published information detailing the process by which renewal DACA applications will be accepted. As soon as further information is published, we will provide a new update.

If your DACA needs to be renewed in the next six months, please contact Murphy Desmond at (608) 270-5550 to schedule an immigration consultation with Attorney Glorily A. López or Attorney Maryam Ghayyad.