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On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a Presidential Action in the form of an Executive Memorandum directing Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, consulting with the Attorney General (not confirmed), to take appropriate actions to preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), consistent with applicable law. The memorandum, entitled, “Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)” lays out the President’s request to the Executive Branch for action!

Note: Executive Actions carry no legal weight, they are normally a request made by the President to Congress or the Executive Branch for specific actions.

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Judge Nicholas George Garaufis, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has issued an opinion regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to restore DACA in full. On Friday, December 4, 2020, Judge Garaufis ordered DHS to take certain actions to implement his DACA opinion.

Here is the USCIS response to the Judge’s order, effective December 7, 2020:

  • Accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under DACA based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;

A federal judge has ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in full. DACA shields young people from deportation and with this new order it will be open again to new applicants! The Trump Administration had shut down any new applicants since 2017.

Please review The Hill’s news article for more detailed information: Federal judge orders DHS to restore DACA, open new applications

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Oxford University in England has announced its next class of U.S. Rhodes Scholars. Among the class of 32 winners from across the United States is Harvard University senior Jin Park, the first recipient covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Rhodes Trust announced that this year’s winners include more women than any other class. They also stated that more than half the class are either immigrants or first-generation Americans.

The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford in England and was established in 1902.

 
For further details please review this NY Times News Release, “Rhodes Scholar Class Features Plenty of Women, Immigrants“.

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Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew deferred action under DACA.  The DACA policy will be operate under the terms in place before President Trump rescinded the program on Sept. 5, 2017.

U.S. District Court Judge, William Alsup ruled that the Trump Administration must maintain the DACA program until the federal court makes a final decision on the president’s order.

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On Wednesday, January 24th, President Trump gave an impromptu news conference at the White House, just outside of his Chief of Staff, General John Kelly’s office where a small group of reports had gathered. He talked about many things including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). President Trump said, “Tell them not to worry. We are going to solve the problem,”! When President Trump was ask about Citizenship for DACA recipients he said, “At some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years,”!

For more detailed information about this subject, please read the CNBC News Article, “Trump: DACA recipients will ‘morph into’ citizens over 10 to 12 years

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On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, thousands of protesters gathered outside of the U.S. Capitol to demand legislation to protect young, undocumented immigrants from the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Obama implement using a Presidential Executive Order and President Trump recently canceled! The cancelation of the DACA program leaves approximately 800,000 former DACA recipients legally unprotected and soon with no legal way to working. Their work permits will expire starting March 5.

Nearly 200 of the protesters were arrested during this protest, including many Maryland local and state lawmakers, Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer (D-At Large), Maryland State Delegate Ana Sol Gutiérrez (D-Montgomery), Maryland State Del. Jimmy Tarlau (D-Prince George’s) and Mount Rainier Councilwoman Celina Benitez.

For more detailed information about this subject, please read the Washington Post News Article, “Thousands rally outside Capitol to demand DACA solution; Md. lawmakers arrested“.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has changed is truly an understatement! On September 5th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) started the completed phase out of the DACA program as ordered by President Trump.

President Trump says he has a “great love” for these young immigrants that were protected under the DACA program and hopes “Congress will be able to help them and do it properly.” He has also promised to revisit the subject if Congress doesn’t act but no one really knows what that means.

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Senator John McCain, AZ (R), made his first TV interview since his diagnosis of brain cancer in July! On Sunday, September 10th, Senator McCain appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper. He talked about many things from his illness to Politics but one of the most important issues to him was the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or often called the Dreamers. Senator McCain feels that Congress should pass permanent protections for the, “Dreamers” now that President Trump has canceled the program after a 6 months grace period. He would like the protections for these young people to be part of a comprehensive immigration package. McCain stated, “It is not conscionable to tell young people who came here as children that they have to go back to a country that they don’t know,”

For more detailed information about this subject please review the news article, “John McCain: ‘Not conscionable’ to deport ‘Dreamers’”.

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On Tuesday, September 5th, President Trump released a statement canceling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has protected 800,000 young adults from deportation. The president has placed a six month delay on the cancellation hoping that Congress will enact their own version of DACA and protect these young people. Below are two links to President Trump’s complete DACA statement; the first link is to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) which has been annotated and the second link is to Fox News which only includes the text.

SPLC – President Trump’s DACA Statement, Annotated

Fox News – President Trump’s statement on DACA

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