Federal government begins accepting DACA renewals following court order

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The statement from USCIS says people who have already been granted deportation deferral under DACA can request renewal, but the agency will not accept new requests from people who have never received deferred action before. "Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017".

"This week, President Trump provided leadership on a hard issue that our nation has faced for decades and Main Street members want to help the president address our broken immigration system", said U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Chairman of the Republican Main Street Caucus.

While people who were previously granted deferred action under DACA can request to renew their status, the office said it isn't taking new applications for the DACA program. "So great great news for DACA that we will now be able to do DACA renewals".

Alsup ruled that the federal government must "maintain [DACA] on a nationwide basis" while legal challenges to ending the program proceed in court.

Alsup said the administration did not have to accept new DACA applications. Already about 120 DACA recipients who failed to renew applications by October 5 deadline are losing deportation protections and work permits daily.

A judge said maybe racism was behind President Donald Trump's decision to shut down a program protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation. As of September, about 700,000 people are now protected under the program.

Trump promised to end the program during the presidental campaign, and in announcing it was being phased out, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it an unconstitutional circumvention of Congress.

The USCIS announcement comes on the heels of U.S. District Judge William Alsup's issuance on Tuesday of a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration's effort to rescind the program.

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