Trump Administration Further Limits DACA, Despite Federal Court Order to Restore

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On July 28, 2020, the Trump administration released a series of communications that significantly change the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.

DHS’ memorandum states that it will make the following changes to DACA immediately:

  • Reject all pending and future INITIAL requests for DACA and associated applications for an Employment Authorization Document or EAD;
  • Reject new and pending requests for advance parole absent exceptional circumstances; and,
  • Limit the period of DACA renewal grants and related EADs after the issuance of this memorandum to one-year increments instead of two years.

To summarize, we know that many of you have been asking about initial DACA requests. That doesn't appear to be a possibility despite the recent court order. We still think there will be legal challenges but for now, it is not in your best interest to file a new DACA application.

For those of you that need to renew your DACA, understand that the Trump administration will only be issuing your work permits for one year instead of the usual two years. Our understanding is within one year, we could have another President and this could all be for nothing.

In other words, nothing has really changed. That is both good news and bad news. If anything changes, we will update our website immediately
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