On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created in June 2012 by former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and enable dreamers to obtain work permits. Since 2017, the DACA program has been subject to congressional debate and review by federal courts. Here are 5 things we know (and don’t know) regarding DACA moving forwards:
- Current DACA beneficiaries remain protected from removal (for now)
- Eligible DACA beneficiaries can continue to file renewals of both their DACA and employment authorization documents.
- It is POSSIBLE that current DACA beneficiaries may now be able to resume applying for temporary advance parole travel documents to allow for travel abroad. This can, in some situations, lead to green card eligibility but needs to be carefully evaluated, particularly given the current COVID-19 situation and resulting travel bans.
- While initial DACA application had previously been halted, it seems that eligible individuals who have never applied for DACA may now be able to submit initial applications.
- This may only be a temporary reprieve with the Trump administration announcing that it will renew its efforts to dismantle the DACA program. However, it seems questionable whether they will be able to do much before the upcoming election in November.