The Latest DACA Ruling, Explained
All across the United States, Dreamers have been able to breathe a sigh of relief as the U.S. Supreme Court shot down the Trump administration’s effort to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program, set up by executive order eight years ago under the Obama administration, allows certain individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children to defer removal, receive work authorization, and gain access to other basic rights.
The 5-4 decision hinged on a procedural technicality. The Supreme Court said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not adequately assess how scrapping the program would affect those who have come to rely on it, The Washington Post reported. Almost 650,000 people across the United States have been granted DACA status.
“The dispute before the court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote.
He noted that DHS did not consider “whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients.” Since the program was put in place, he wrote, many DACA recipients have started college, careers, businesses, and families. Therefore, he cited advocates’ argument that ending the program would “radiate outward.”
What Does This Mean for You?
Although the Trump administration can continue to fight to end DACA, as of now, recipients can still renew their status, even if it has lapsed. Those who have never applied for DACA may also submit new applications, although it remains to be seen how the Trump administration will handle those.
If you are considering applying for DACA status of renewing your status, the best course of action is to speak with a knowledgeable DACA lawyer.
Let Our Trusted DACA Lawyers Help You
The U.S. immigration system is a complex and confusing web. Our experienced immigration lawyers have extensive experience helping people successfully navigate the system and secure the status they need to live without a constant fear of deportation.
Our skilled DACA immigration attorneys can:
- Ensure your application contains all the required documentation and information to establish eligibility
- Secure crucial documentation such as your birth certificate, education or service records, criminal records (if any), etc.
- Prove that you meet the DACA entry and residency requirements
- Fight for you on appeal if your application is denied
When you choose Brooks Law, you can trust that your DACA application is being handled carefully and efficiently. To discuss the details of your specific situation, contact us now. We are here to help.