A federal district court in Brooklyn ordered the US government to re-begin accepting new applications from immigrants who were smuggled into the country as children and have since lived in the United States.
This is the Deferred Action Program for Children Arriving in the United States (DACA), introduced by Barack Obama in 2012. Recall that the Donald Trump administration has repeatedly tried to curtail the program that protects this category of illegal immigrants (“dreamers”) from deportation.
In June, the US Supreme Court overturned the Trump administration’s 2017 decision to end the DACA program. The highest court ruled that the administration’s actions were “arbitrary and capricious.”
However, in the US Department of Homeland Security, they said they do not intend to accept new applications for participation in the DACA program while the current administration considers the feasibility of its “keeping, canceling or changing.”
The judge instructed the Department of Homeland Security to post a public notice on its websites by Monday that it is accepting new DACA applications.
President-elect Joe Biden, taking office January 20, said he plans to revive DACA.
The Department of Homeland Security has not yet commented on the court’s decision.