U.S. resumes DACA applications after judge blocks end to program

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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 government can still appeal, and a higher court can overrule and stop the process again", he said, adding that Congress could also enact a new federal law covering the Dreamers if negotiations over DACA are successful in the coming weeks.

A deal for recipients of DACA - Deferred Action for Child Arrivals - is a pressing priority for lawmakers.

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"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and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017", the update said. Under Alsup's ruling, renewal applications must still be accepted, giving those approved another two years from the new date of their application approval.

The deal hit a snag after reports Thursday that told lawmakers at a meeting on immigration at the that the US didn't need more immigrants from "sh-hole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and several African countries. Already about 120 DACA recipients who failed to renew applications by October 5 deadline are losing deportation protections and work permits daily.

• Provide a long-term permanent legislative solution for persons with protection under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. If someone's DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, that person may file a renewal request, the agency says; people who received DACA that expired before then can file a new DACA request.

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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 White House and President Donald Trump initially blasted the decision.

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