USA again accepting DACA renewal requests after judge bucks Trump

DACA advocates march near Trump Tower in August in New York City. The government says it will resume DACA renewals.   Spencer Platt    
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DACA advocates march near Trump Tower in August in New York City. The government says it will resume DACA renewals. Spencer Platt Getty Images

"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and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017", the update said.

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. "So for those of you who have had DACA and need to renew it they will be accepting it", Yasser Sanchez, a Mesa immigration lawyer posted in a live Facebook video.

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

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The lawsuit was brought against the Trump administration by the Regents of the University of California system and its president, Janet Napolitano. They say Trump said the US should allow more immigrants from places like Norway.

Former DACA recipients whose grant expired before that date cannot request a renewal, but they can file a new request, the agency said.

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USCIS will only be accepting renewal applications from people previously approved for the DACA program. Under Alsup's ruling, renewal applications must still be accepted, giving those approved another two years from the new date of their application approval.

Alsup said he thought racism could be the reason for President Donald Trump's plan to rescind protection from deportation to young undocumented immigrants, Bloomberg reported.

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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.

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