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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was established on June 15, 2012.

On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, President Biden made remarks in the East Room of The White House celebrating the 12th Anniversary of DACA! Use this link to read the White House copy of the President’s Remarks, “Remarks by President Biden at an Event Marking the 12th Anniversary of DACA“! 

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On Wednesday, October 5th, USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou made a statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). She stated, “While today’s decision is deeply disappointing, it does not change current USCIS operations. Consistent with the court’s order, USCIS will continue to accept and process DACA renewal requests and continue to accept but not process initial DACA requests. We remain committed to preserve and fortify DACA within our authority, but ultimately Congress must act to provide permanent protections to DACA recipients and their families.” 

On the same day as this statement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision on DACA policy. The court partially affirmed the district court’s July 2021 decision declaring the 2012 DACA policy unlawful. 

For further details please review the USCIS News Release, “Statement from USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou on DACA Ruling 

The Senior Policy Manager for United We Dream, Juliana Macedo Do Nascimento stated that, “The Biden administration made lots of promises during their election campaign and we expect them to follow through on them.” She continued, “We are still very much focused on Build Back Better. It didn’t pass last year but we know Senate Democrats are working with their caucus to make sure it’s passed at the end of the day and the immigrant population is protected.” United We Dream is an organization that is made up of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. 

Review the Border Report News Article for more information: ‘Dreamers’ to keep pushing for citizenship in 2022

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On Friday, May 14th, President Biden with six Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to discuss the future of DACA and the protections that it offers. There are two DACA bills before Congress currently. President Biden told them that immigration reform remains a legislative priority.

ABC News – YouTube Video – President Biden invites 6 DACA recipients to White House

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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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