The Donald Trump administration will allow Dreamers benefiting from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to renew their deportation protections for one year while reviewing the Supreme Court ruling issued in June.
Shortly before the announcement, made via conference call Tuesday, a government official had anticipated that the program would allow dreamers to renew their deportation shelters for one year and not two as stipulated by DACA regulations.
During the conference, the White House said the renovations will be done on a case-by-case basis, no travel permits will be granted, and no new applications will be accepted. An official reiterated that dreamers will be able to renew their work permits for one year and that the review of cancellation documents filed in 2017 by then-DHS Acting Secretary Elaine C. Duke “will take time.”
He also noted that the details of the actions “will be communicated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) later this afternoon.”
“We are trying to find out more about this announcement,” José Muñoz, a spokesperson for United We Dream (UWD), one of the country’s leading dreamer organizations, told Univision Noticias. “But from what we see so far, the government is not complying with what the Supreme Court said on June 18.”
“The court ruling indicates that DACA must be reinstated as it was in 2012 when it was activated,” Muñoz said. “That includes new applications that were suspended on September 5, 2017, when Trump canceled it, and new requests from those dreamers who turned 15,” he added.
On June 18, 40 days ago, the Supreme Court dismissed a government request to cancel DACA. In a decision 5-4, the magistrates ruled that the government did not properly cancel the program on September 5, 2017.
The decision, therefore, keeps alive the deportation protection that protects about 650,000 young people who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and are known as dreamers.
The immigration benefit, approved by former President Barack Obama on June 15, 2012, also grants a renewable employment authorization every two years.
Lawyers and activists indicate that after the ruling of the highest court of law, DACA should have been fully restored, including new applications. But 40 days after the ruling, these petitions remain “pending” in the immigration service due to the lack of a regulation that indicates the procedure to follow.
Media said the White House was expected to present further details of the plan during a call with journalists. However, a source familiar with the plans said the court’s ruling review is expected to take approximately 100 days.
These are the changes announced by the government to the DACA program: