Trump Administration, Under Court Order, Taking DACA Renewals Again

But won't be accepting new applications
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 14, 2018 5:33 AM CST
Feds Now Taking DACA Renewals Again
Demonstrators urging the Democratic Party to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act rally outside the office of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Citizenship and Immigration Services says it's resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under the Obama-era program that shields from deportation young immigrants brought to the US as children and who remain in the country illegally. The decision comes four days after a federal judge, in a nod to pending lawsuits, temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, reports the AP.

"Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA," said a statement posted Saturday on its website. No new applications will be accepted, notes CNN. Congressional lawmakers are trying to write legislation to give the so-called Dreamers legal status, but the issue has been nothing if not contentious. DACA has protected about 800,000 people, many of them college-age students.

(More Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals stories.)

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