Sunday, December 5

Biden Administration Cancels Appointments of New DACA Applicants Following Judge Order

About 60,000 ‘dreamers’ will not be able to get DACA.

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The government of the president Joe Biden announced today the cancellation of appointments for immigrants who have requested, for the first time, the protection of deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (IF).

The Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) indicated on its website that “it is taking immediate steps to comply with the order of the United States Court for the Southern District of Texas”That on July 16 he declared the program illegal, and did not allow the granting of new amparos.

For their part, groups that advocate for immigrants indicated that their members had received from USCIS a message by Twitter and by email indicating “the cancellation of all appointments for the collection of biometric data of the initial DACA applicants.”

“Anyone who has an appointment to collect biometric data related to an initial DACA application should not attend the appointment”, indicates the message.

This measure is applied to new DACA applicants who dated in the next few weeks or others who were waiting to find out if your initial application had been accepted.

Nearly 60,000 undocumented youth who applied for the first time will be affected, according to USCIS data.

As of April 1, there were 55,550 new DACA applications that still needed to be processed by USCIS. To this number must be added the new applications received in April, May, June and the first 15 days of July.

Current DACA recipients will be able to continue with their renewal procedures.

The DACA program was created in 2012 by decree of the then president Barack Obama (2009-2017), and postponed the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought undocumented to the United States when they were minors.

More than 700,000 people have taken advantage of this program that the former president Donald Trump (2017-2021) terminated, also via decree, in September 2017, a measure that was reversed by a decision of the US Supreme Court in June 2020.

Last week the federal judge Andrew Hanen ordered the government to suspend the granting of new immigration protections and stated that the program violated the Administrative Procedures Law.

Hanen made it clear that his decision does not imply that the immigration authorities take “any deportation or criminal action against DACA beneficiaries”, and will allow the current immigration protections to be renewed, which give a temporary residence and work permit for their beneficiaries.

In the judge’s opinion, despite its illegality, “it would not be fair to suddenly end a government program that has created such a notable dependency”, and that this has been able to increase over the years, especially when rulings contrary to yours may still arrive. in the court of appeals or the Supreme Court.

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