March 15th, 2019
DHS Must Accept New DACA Applications According to Federal Court Ruling
A judge for the Federal District of D.C. ruled Tuesday that the administration improperly terminated the DACA program, and the Department of Homeland Security must therefore accept new DACA applications. Under previous court orders, DHS was only required to accept DACA renewal applications, leaving out those who were eligible but had never received DACA.
Importantly, the ruling will not go into effect for 90 days, allowing DHS an opportunity to explain the legal justification for canceling the program. If DHS fails to provide an adequate basis for canceling the program within the next 90 days, individuals who were eligible but never applied for DACA would be able to do so.