Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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How It Began

On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would not deport certain undocumented youth who came to the United States as children. Under a directive from the DHS secretary, these youth may be granted a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “deferred action.” The Obama administration called this program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Eligibility Requirements

The requirements for an individual to obtain DACA are as follows:

  • is at least 15 years old at the time of filing;
  • came to the United States under the age of 16;
  • has continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007;
  • is physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
  • is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education
    development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or
    Armed Forces ofthe United States;
  • has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple
    misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety;
  • were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012

History of DACA

When Donald Trump became president of the U.S. in 2017, DACA began to come under fire. After a number of Federal Court battles, it was determined that USCIS would no longer accept initial DACA applications. Rather, it would only accept renewals of DACA requests from individuals who had previously been granted DACA. Later, all DACA applications (both initial and renewal) were set to be terminated completely as the Trump administration set out to phase out DACA.

Current State of DACA

On June 22, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Trump Administration could not terminate DACA. A little over a month later, USCIS issued a memorandum which stated that it would reject all initial DACA applications, and also reduce DACA-based Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewals to one year instead of the previous two-year period.

As of 8/20/2020, there is litigation pending in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York challenging the USCIS decision to terminate DACA. The case, Wolf, et al. v. Batalla Vidal, et al. (formerly Batalla Vidal, et al. v. Baran, et al.), can be found here.

As of the time of this writing (March 2022), no new (initial) DACA applications are being accepted by USCIS. Rather, only existing DACA recipients may apply for renewals of their DACA and EADs.

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