UPDATE: Supreme Court Extends DACA, Future Still Unclear
June 24, 2020, Travis Helm, Esq., The Law Office of Travis Helm, LLC On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Court ruled that the Trump administration has the authority to end DACA but rested its decision on the fact the government failed to provide a reasoned explanation for its action. Although the Court blocked this attempt to end DACA, they left the door open for Trump to again try to terminate DACA with a more developed reasoning for ending the program.
Under the decision, the USCIS must continue processing the following DACA applications:
• People Who Currently Have DACA
• People Whose DACA Has Expired One Year or Less
• People Whose DACA Expired More Than One Year Ago
• People Whose DACA Was Terminated
This decision also opens up the DACA program for about 130,000 new applicants:
• People Who Were Previously Eligible for DACA
• People Who have Newly Become Eligible for DACA
However, USCIS website currently states the agency is not accepting requests for those who have never previously been granted deferred action under DACA.
Additionally, the ruling requires the government to reopen applications for Advance Parole:
• Advance Parole allows DACA applicants to travel outside the U.S. for humanitarian, educational, and employment reasons then lawfully reenter, potentially making them eligible for adjustment to lawful permanent resident status.
If you currently have DACA, had DACA in the past, or may be eligible for first time DACA application and/or Advance Parole, please contact our office to discuss your questions.
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