San Antonio, TX— As of July 16, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been ordered to stop processing new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications.1 While U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still accepting new applications and will continue to process requests for renewal, federal Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling requires that the processing of all new applications be suspended.
While current DACA recipients will not be affected by the ruling, it does leave the fate of the program “in limbo.”
Why isn’t DHS allowed to process new DACA applications?
According to Texas Judge Hanen and the other lawmakers who stand with him, the DACA program is “illegal.” And because of the recent ruling he made, those who recently submitted new DACA applications will now have to wait for their requests to either be approved or denied.
Although President Joe Biden has expressed how “disappointed” he is with the recent ruling, he intends on pushing forward with his efforts to protect the DACA program, and the individuals who are currently protected under it, often referred to as Dreamers. In the meantime, he and other lawmakers have called upon Congress to take swift action.
DACA’s History and the Current Challenges it Faces
The DACA program was established in 2012 during the time President Barack Obama held office. It has provided hundreds of thousands of immigrants with protection from deportation and allows them to live and work in the U.S. legally.
Although DACA has paved a way for many immigrants to live freely in the U.S. and pursue their dream careers, many lawmakers, including former President Donald Trump, are in opposition of it and have gone to great lengths to end it. While the Trump Administration was successful at temporarily halting the program back in 2017, his efforts weren’t enough to shut it down, and USCIS was once again, required to accept new applications along with requests for renewal.
While many were worried about the fate of the program that has allowed them to reside and work in the U.S., they felt a sense of relief once USCIS announced it would resume accepting applications.
Judge Andrew Hanen Rules in Opposition of the DACA Program
Just when DACA recipients and those seeking new benefits were beginning to feel comfortable knowing the program that has protected them was saved, Judge Hanen’s ruling has started back up the emotional rollercoaster for many. It has also left many individuals with questions only a qualified Texas immigration lawyer can answer.
Connect with a Texas Immigration Attorney Today
If an individual recently submitted a new DACA application and has questions or concerns they’d like to discuss with a skilled immigration lawyer, they can contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at 210-503-2800. Anyone who has had their DACA application denied should also contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen to find out how a legal expert can help.
The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen can be reached at:
310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100
San Antonio, Texas 78205