On June 18, 2020, the United States Supreme Court sided with DACA recipients who ruled that the way the Trump administration terminated the DACA program in 2017 was illegal. The decision (Wolf v. Batalla Vidal) is a great victory for immigrant communities and their allies who mobilized to protect the DACA program.
Although the Court sided with DACA beneficiaries, it is important to remember that the Trump administration may again attempt to end the program through executive action. While only Congress can take steps to create a permanent solution for DACA beneficiaries through federal legislation, we must also continue to demand that state and local officials protect our communities from immigration law enforcement. It’s time for a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients, TPS holders, and all other immigrants at risk of deportation.
WHAT DOES THE COURT DECIDE? The Court ruled in favor of the DACA program, rejecting the Trump administration’s attempt to end the program in 2017. This decision completely restores the program, and USCIS must accept initial and renewal requests.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO THE COMMUNITY? Current DACA beneficiaries continue to be protected from deportation and are eligible for DACA benefits, such as work authorization.
Eligible DACA recipients can continue to apply to renew their DACA for two more years. You must initiate such a renewal well in advance (between 6 months and 1 year of its expiration), so that your permit arrives before its expiration. Eligible individuals who have never had DACA should be able to apply at this time.
All eligible individuals should consult with a legal service provider for information on how to apply for DACA the first time, renew their existing DACA, and / or take an eligibility test for other more permanent immigration options.
Advanced Parole (International Travel Permit) may again allow DACA recipients to travel outside of the United States and return. However, the details of this possibility are still unclear, and the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may limit the ability to travel. Check with us BEFORE applying for Advanced Parole.
WHAT SHOULD THE COMMUNITY DO NOW? Connect with a legal service provider to apply for DACA for the first time, renew DACA cases, and explore options beyond DACA. Visit our website to find low-cost legal help at www.infolegal.net!
Continue to fight this administration’s anti-immigrant agenda by advocating for a permanent legislative solution for DACA beneficiaries and all other immigrant communities at risk of deportation. Source: www.ilrc.org
Feel free to contact our office for an initial consultation if appropriate, or for a renewal of your DACA at 818-541-9999.
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Glendale, CA, 91208