December 6, 2020: DACA Reinstated & USCIS Begins Accepting Renewal and Initial DACA Applications Following Court Decision

On Friday, December 4, a federal court in New York ordered the reinstatement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision means that an estimated 685,000 young adults will be able to apply for DACA for the first time, and previously-approved individuals will be able to apply for renewals.

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court issuing a decision to block the end of DACA in June 2020, acting Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf issued a memo in July that effectively halted the program by limiting its protections and stopping the processing of new applications. This, wrote Judge Nicholas Garaufis in the December 4 decision, was a "sad and inappropriate use of executive authority."

Will you be filing for DACA? United We Dream has announced it will be hosting a series of virtual application prep sessions in English and Spanish for individuals preparing their initial applications. Additionally, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota is providing support to Minnesota immigrants filing their initial or renewal applications. Additionally, UMN students can contact the Immigration Response Team at [email protected].

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