Source: Immigration Impact
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memo on Tuesday that partially dismantles the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. If the DACA program is completely rescinded, approximately 640,000 active DACA recipients would lose the ability to lawfully live and work in the U.S.
The Supreme Court in June found that the administration’s previous efforts to dismantle DACA were unlawful because they failed to provide a valid reason for its decision. However, with a more detailed explanation, the administration is trying again.
Here’s a breakdown of DHS’s memo:
(1) USCIS will not respond to first-time DACA applications. This will prevent approximately 66,000 eligible Dreamers from being able to participate in this program for the first time.
(2) All DACA renewals will only be valid for one-year instead of two. Therefore, DACA recipients will have to apply every year and pay $495 for the application each time.
(3) Almost all advance parole requests will be denied. Advance parole allows DACA recipients to travel abroad and reenter the U.S. without encountering any immigration issues.
Juan Carlos Alejaldre, a current DACA recipient and an administrator at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center states, “I am a Dreamer but, more importantly, I am an American. I ran into battle in the face of a global pandemic to take care of my community and my country.”
Read his personal story here.