In a new ruling Friday, President Donald Trump’s administration was ordered to start accepting DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applications again, and restore the program to function as it did before Trump began dismantling it. After the Supreme Court ruled in June that the termination of the program didn’t go through correct legal channels, applicants continued to have their applications denied. With District Court of Maryland’s ruling from Judge Paul Grimm, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is ordered to rectify that.
Despite persistent claims that the Supreme Court ruled that DACA was illegal to implement to begin with, Polygraph explains why that’s not true. In fact, while three SCOTUS Justices argued that DACA was illegal, the majority did not make that assertion, and the court did not rule on the legality of DACA at all. Instead, the justices ruled on whether the administration had acted legally in revoking DACA — and determined that it did not.
Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the administration will be forced to resume accepting applications, unless and until the administration follows through with the required procedure for ending the program properly, as per SCOTUS.
Several immigration lawyers say they’ve had applicants rejected since the June decision by the Supreme Court. A spokesperson for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says these were rejected due to clerical errors and that the agency will make sure the correct cause for denial is noted going forward.
After the June ruling, Donald Trump announced by tweet that he would be restarting the process, although he said in 2018 that he’d seen polling suggesting 7 in 10 support DACA as part of an immigration reform package.
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