Federal court declares DACA restrictions illegal, orders full restoration

As just reported my national media organizations a federal judge has ordered the outgoing Trump administration to restore all protections guarantees under the DACA program.

From the New York Times: A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore an Obama-era program designed to shield young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, dealing what could be a final blow to President Trump’s long-fought effort to end the protections.

Via Law and Crime: Formally rescinding acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf’s memo on the grounds that he was illegally appointed, a federal judge on Friday ordered the DHS to unfurl the welcome mat on its website and invite aspiring Dreamers to make first-time requests for consideration under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Homeland Security website must also solicit renewal and advance parole requests.

From NPR: A federal judge has reversed the Trump administration’s latest round of rules placing further limits on the Obama-era program that shields undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children from deportation. Under the order filed Friday, Judge Nicholas Garaufis of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn instructed the Department of Homeland Security to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as soon as Monday. The judge also instructed officials to reinstate two-year permits for qualifying applicants. Over the summer, the administration had begun issuing one-year permits. DACA currently protects about 640,000 undocumented young immigrants. As of July, an estimated 300,000 young people living in the U.S. are eligible for the program and still waiting for a chance to apply. That includes 55,000 who have aged into eligibility over the last three years.

While this is certainly not the end of this story, we at LULAC Ohio are hopeful that the new Biden-Harris administration will honor their promise of finally providing DACA beneficiaries a permanent true path for citizenship.