Advocates urge eligible DACA recipients to file renewal applications

Immigrant rights advocates urging recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to renew their status, with a critical court decision expected very soon.

This week, US District Judge Andrew Hanen in Houston will hear arguments on a preliminary injunction — which could lead to a court order for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS to stop accepting DACA renewal applications.

The August 8 ruling would conflict with prior orders from California, New York and the District of Columbia that required the government to resume accepting DACA renewal applications.

Just last Friday Washington DC-based district Judge John Bates ruled that the Trump administration must fully restore DACA, saying the government’s rationale for dropping it is inadequate.

The government has until August 23 to appeal the ruling or restart DACA.

With all of these uncertainties, advocates are advising renewable-eligible DACA clients to file their applications as soon as possible.

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