What’s causing delays in the DACA application process?

It’s a question many Democratic senators and Dreamers have and are now seeking the answer to. According to CNN, several senators being led by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada sent a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) questioning why there are significant processing delays for DACA applications.

Cortez stated in her letter that many DACA recipients have been working on the frontlines during the pandemic, devoting themselves to “protecting and caring for communities,” but are experiencing long wait times and delays in getting their applications processed. The delay has families concerned as it could impact their ability to live and work in the U.S.


What could be causing the delays?


Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic interfering with USCIS’s ability to process applications quickly, Astrid Silva who is the Executive Director of Dream Big Nevada worries USCIS might be “purposely delaying applications in anticipation of the decision in a Texas court case over the legality of DACA.” That case was brought to court in 2018 and Judge Andrew Hanen has yet to reach a decision on it.

If USCIS was delaying the processing of applications in order to see the outcome of the case, it could end with hundreds of thousands of Dreamers losing their status.


Cortez and Other Democratic Senators Want Answers


While the letter sent in by several Democratic senators might not result in quicker processing times, the politicians are seeking answers from USCIS. Cortez says that “it’s unacceptable that [Dreamers] are still facing the delays and wait times caused by the previous administration.”


What should a DACA applicant do if their application is delayed?


Anyone who is looking for a reputable immigration attorney in Texas can contact The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at 210-503-2800. Attorney J. Joseph Cohen can determine if anything can be done to help get an application processed quicker or provide a DACA applicant with helpful information regarding processing times.

If a DACA recipient is worried that their status will expire before USCIS makes a decision on their renewal request, they too can contact The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen for legal help.


The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen can be reached at:


310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100

San Antonio, Texas 78205

Phone: 210-503-2800

Website: www.jjosephcohen.com

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