A bipartisan group of Republican and Democratic senators working to find a compromise to coincide with a looming spending bill vote on January 19, announced Thursday they had reached a tentative agreement on an immigration bill that addresses several issues, including border security and allowing young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children, known as "Dreamers", to permanently legalize their status.
The federal agency posted a statement to its website announcing the resumption of applications for DACA renewals. The program will be operated under the same terms as before the Trump administration rescinded the program on September 5, the agency said. Requests will not be accepted from people who have not filed for the status before.
The Obama administration began the program in 2012, which enabled certain young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children to apply for work permits and protection from deportation. The White House has yet to come to an agreement with Congress over what type of program should replace it.
It's a position hundreds of thousands of Californians find themselves in.
The order allows the DACA program - implemented by President Barack Obama - to resume while the legal challenge to ending it moves through the legal process. At a minimum, members would like to see these principles included: a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients, increased border security measures, and reforms to address the backlog of immigration cases in our courts. "DACA gave them a more tolerable set of choices, including joining the mainstream workforce".
Still, he said, "it's a good sign and maybe recipients can file and renew immediately before any appeal or new law". They are doing nothing to fix DACA.
"This demonstrates the power of advocacy of these committed young people and the Americans who support them", said Maciel Jacques, legal services program manager at Catholic Charities of the East Bay. "So great great news for DACA that we will now be able to do DACA renewals".