The Department of Homeland Security announced Saturday it would resume processing renewal applications for young undocumented immigrants seeking protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
The USCIS announcement comes on the heels of U.S. District Judge William Alsup's issuance on Tuesday of a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration's effort to rescind the program.
In a statement posted Saturday on its website, the USCIS says the policy under the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, will be operated under the terms in place before it was rescinded in September.
More: Are you a DACA recipient? "An important question now presented is whether that conclusion was a mistake of law".
"Time is running out to pass a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients", said U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Co-chair of the Republican Main Street Caucus.
Trump's decision on DACA in September set an October 5 deadline for renewal applications, which would give recipients an another two years of legal residency in the United States. No new applications will be accepted. That was the date on which Trump announced his decision to terminate the Obama-era program that shielded some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. They may, however, file a new initial DACA request, officials said.
The lawsuit was brought against the Trump administration by the Regents of the University of California system and its president, Janet Napolitano.
"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", Trump wrote. Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating California AG on Trump EPA: "It's nearly as if they believe they're above the law" Sanctuary city policies are ruining California - here's why I left MORE and other state attorneys general. That's even though a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to restart the program that it canceled previous year.
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