US court orders ‘Deferred Action for Child Arrivals’ program reopening for new applicants

Vastavam web: The ruling by Judge Nicholas Garaufis means that the Trump administration must reopen the program to first time applicants and restore the period of protection to two years. Back in July, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chad Wolf – who was appointed unlawfully, according to a separate ruling by Garaufis – issued a memo suspending the DACA program to new applicants and reduced the validity of protection from two years to 12 months.

Following his ruling, Garaufis has now ordered the federal government to post a public notice within three days that new DACA applicants are being accepted. Additionally, he has told the government that it must produce a status update on the DACA program by 4 January 2021. The program enables people to obtain driving licenses, apply for college and get US work permits. Those protected by the DACA scheme are often referred to as ‘Dreamers’ and there are an estimated 650,000 currently in the US.

The Trump administration has sought to scrap the DACA program. In the run up to his election, the now outgoing US President, threatened to ‘tear down DACA immediately’. Since becoming President, the DACA program has been the center of a number of legal battles, winding up in the Supreme Court earlier this year. In June this year, the Supreme Court foiled Trump’s attempts to end DACA, calling the administration’s efforts “arbitrary and capricious” and adding that it violated federal law. Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling, the Trump administration continued to refuse new applications for the program.