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Immigrant Legal Center is expecting a decision from the Supreme Court in the near future. We have created a toolkit for DACA recipients who may have alternative relief options.
Why is this Toolkit Important?
On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the termination of the program, which resulted in several lawsuits challenging the program’s termination across the country. Several courts hearing these lawsuits ordered USCIS to continue accepting and processing renewal applications only (no initial applications) while the cases are pending. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari for three DACA termination cases in June of 2019 and heard oral argument in November of 2019. While DACA recipients, at this time, remain eligible to renew, there is uncertainty around the future of the DACA program.
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security under the Obama administration announced that it would defer deportation for certain individuals who came to the United States as children. To be eligible, the requestor had to prove they:
Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
Came to the United States before reaching age 16;
Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007;
Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
This information is only for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with an immigration attorney regarding your case.