Almost two weeks ago, District Court of Maryland’s Judge Paul Grimm ordered the Trump administration to begin accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), almost a month after the Supreme Court ruled that the program had been ended inappropriately. Now, in a list of actions that Homeland Security will take, the Department specifically promises to ignore that order, and reject all initial applications.
Earlier this month, HillReporter brought you the news that Donald Trump’s administration had been ordered to begin accepting new DACA applications, and restore the program to the full function it carried out before the administration began dismantling it.
However, in a release Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf declared DHS had instead elected to reject such applications, as well as applications for Employment Authorization.
In the interim and to address serious concerns with the policy, the Department of Homeland Security will make the following changes to DACA immediately:
- Reject all initial requests for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents;
- Reject new and pending requests for advanced parole absent exceptional circumstances; and,
- Limit the period of renewed deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy after the issuance of this memorandum to one year.
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf called for Congress to act and consider rescinding the program altogether, suggesting that its existence might encourage people seeking refuge to take children on a dangerous journey to try to enter the country, and that it sends “mixed messages about DHS’s intention to consistently enforce immigration laws.”
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